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Delhi headed towards hung house; what is 'Hung Parliament or Assembly' explained

Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 11:01am IST Updated: Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 11:02am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team

Finally the results for the four states of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will be known today when counting of votes takes place in the assembly elections, considered the semi-finals ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year. Mizoram, the fifth state will see votes counted on Monday.

With Delhi election vote count on it seems that the assembly is headed towards a Hung assembly likely as BJP emerges as single largest party.

What is a Hung Parliament or Assembly?
A hung Parliament/Assembly is one in which no party has an overall majority, which means no party has more than half of MPs in the House of Commons.

The government will not be able to win votes to pass laws without the support of members of other parties. Smaller parties could join forces to outvote the government which would make it difficult to pass laws.

The bigger parties can try to persuade smaller parties to support them, either each time there is a vote, or by creating a coalition government with an absolute majority.

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