BJP president Amit Shah indicated on Thursday that his party will stake claim to form the next government in Haryana after the assembly election results threw up a hung verdict. Also Read - Kailash Vijayvargiya Blames Bad Poll Management For Haryana Results

The BJP was either winning or leading in 40 seats in the elections to the 90-member state assembly, according to the latest election commission figures, falling short of the majority mark of 46. Also Read - Manohar Lal Khattar to Meet Governor to Stake Claim to Form Govt in Haryana

“The (Manohar Lal) Khattar government in Haryana has made every effort for people’s welfare under the central leadership of (Narendra) Modi. I thank people for making the BJP the single-largest party and giving it another opportunity to serve them,” Shah said in a tweet. Also Read - JJP Likely to Support BJP in Haryana, Final Announcement Tomorrow: Reports

He congratulated Chief Minister Khattar and state party chief Subhash Barala.

Shah also thanked voters in Maharashtra for “reposing their faith” in the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state.

Results showed that the saffron alliance was set to get a majority, even though its overall numbers appeared to be falling short of their 2014 tally.