The BJP today appeared to have clinched the support of a majority of MLAs in the Haryana Assembly as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held deliberations with party leaders ahead of staking claim to form the next government.
The BJP legislative party will meet on Saturday to elect its leader. Mr Khattar said he has got letters of support from Independent MLAs expressing confidence that he will prove his majority in the floor of the House.
Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman and BJP general secretary Arun Singh will attend the meeting as central observers, party general secretary Anil Jain said.
The party has a support of majority of MLAs, he said.
The INLD, which has one MLA, might also support the BJP.
Mr Khattar is likely to meet the state governor on Saturday to stake claim, but the oath-taking ceremony is expected to take place after Diwali.
Eight Independent MLAs have extended their support to the BJP, with six of them meeting its working president JP Nadda.
The party has 40 MLAs in the 90-member Haryana Assembly.
A controversy has, however, erupted over MLA Gopal Kanda extending his support to the BJP. Gopal Kanda, an accused in two abetment and two suicide cases, is on a criminal trial and is currently out on bail.
Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti also appealed to her party to not forget its moral goals, a suggestion that it should not be seeking his support for forming the government.
Mr Jain said the central leadership is aware of all realities and will take a call on it later.