Congress gained simple majority in the Haryana Assembly with an HJC(BL) MLA joining the ruling party.

The Congress now has 45 members in the 90-member Assembly, which has an effective strength of 89 as one seat is vacant.

“HJC’s Samalkha MLA Dharam Singh Chokkar had on Monday sent a communication that he wanted to join the Congress along with four of his party colleagues, but could not reach here on time. His plea was accepted,” Haryana Assembly Speaker H S Chatha told reporters here.

The HJC is now left with just one legislator-its party president Kuldeep Bishnoi, the younger son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal-with four Janhit MLAs having joined the Congress here on Monday after breaking away from their party.

The Speaker said that he had received a fax message from Mr. Chokkar that he was also part of the group of HJC MLAs who wanted to join the Congress.

“I accepted his plea. Mr. Chokkar has joined the Congress, which has accepted him as its member,” he said.

The Haryana Assembly, at present has one seat vacant.

Former Chief Minister and opposition INLD president Om Prakash Chautala, who had won from two seats, retained Uchana Kalan and vacated the Ellenabad seat.