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Haryana voters more unforgiving to turncoats as 9 out of 14 candidates fielded by BJP lost. Maharashtra defectors had a better strike rate.
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More than 1.83 crore voters in Haryana expected to cast vote Monday. 1,169 candidates are in the fray on 90 seats.
BJP and SAD have been allies in Punjab for 40 years, but the Akali Dal now wants to contest a dozen seats in Haryana too.
The BJP juggernaut, which saw the party win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, will now have the easier task of having to contend with a splintered opposition in the state.
This is the first time the Haryana assembly is holding a session in the absence of a leader of the opposition.
Old powers like Congress, INLD & BJP are facing a tough challenge from the Jannayak Janata Party and its ally AAP, and the Lok Suraksha Party with the BSP.
Dynastic politics is not the hallmark of just the Gandhi-Nehru family. It has now become an integral part of Indian polity, cutting across party divide and region lines.
BSP has now forged ties with LSP, an outfit floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini.
The BJP passes crucial test as Congress' national spokesperson Surjewala and the INLD face a massive setback.