Maharashtra is witnessing a five-cornered contest for the 288-member House. An electorate of about 8.25 crore will choose from 4,119 candidates in the fray, including 1,699 independents.
While Congress has fielded the largest number of 287 candidates, BJP has put up 280, Shiv Sena 282, NCP 278 and MNS 219.
With long-standing political alliances crumbling, the poll will test the mettle of four major parties - Congress, NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena individually, with Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena trying to emerge as the X factor in the keenly watched contest. The Congress-NCP alliance ruled the state for 15 years.On the other hand, at least 1.63 crore voters, including 87.37 lakh women are eligible to vote at 16,357 polling stations to seal the fate of 1,351 candidates, including 109 women in Haryana. Get the latest poll updates below:
9.30 pm: Haryana's Poll of Exit Polls (aggregate): BJP 48, Congress 12, INLD+ 25, HJC+ 2, Others 3, according to NDTV
7:15 pm: BJP's vote share increased in both Haryana and Maharashtra, says CVoter exit poll.
7:10 pm: CVoter predicts biggest gains for Shiv Sena in greater Mumbai with 25 seats.
7:05 pm: INLD projected to win 28 seats in Haryana, says CVoter exit poll.
6:52 pm: The voter turnout has been the highest ever, till 6 pm it was about 73% in Haryana, says Election Commissions.
6:51 pm: Voter turnout till 5 pm was 54.5%, because voting time is till 6pm, is likely to exceed & be around 62%, says Election Commission.
6:50 pm: 288 constituencies in Maharashtra in 36 districts, number of polling stations were 91376, says Election Commission.
6:40 pm: Confident of a win,if the voting percentage goes beyond 65% we will secure more than 160 seats, says BJP's possible CM candidate Devendra Fadnavis.
6:15 pm: These votes are against the misgovernance & corruption of Congress & for the good governance of BJP, says JP Nadda.
6:00 pm: Poonam Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha's wife casts her vote in Mumbai.
5:50 pm: Actors Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor cast their votes in Mumbai.
5:15 pm: Choose candidates like girlfriends, Salman Khan tells Mumbai after casting his vote.
4:30 pm: 82 old voting in colaba constituency made the effort to go vote #NOTA. "All are useless, but it's my duty to vote," he said
4:20 pm: Poor turnout in Mumbai: Parties press panic button, pull voters to polling booths
4:11 pm: Ranbir, Shah-Rukh cast vote
4:05 pm: 46% voter turn-out in Maharashtra and 57.7% in Haryana till 3:30 pm
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan casts his vote in Mumbai
Sambit Patra,BJP : It is Congress which has misgoverned both Maharashtra & Haryana,sure BJP will be victorious
Violence in Hisar, clashes between Jat and Dalit communities over voting: TV reports
4:00 pm: Haryana reports 52.3% voter turn out till 3pm
3:30 pm: Pune records 33.62% till 1 pm; clashes in Niana village-6th in Haryana in today's poll
3:15 pm: First six hours in Haryana sees over 35 percent voter turnout.
3:00 pm: Salman gets inked...literally
2:45 pm: EVMs with embossed Braille script in Thane
2:30 pm: 44.4% voter turn out in Haryana till 2 pm.
2:15 pm: 30% voter turnout in Maharashtra till 1 pm; Actor Salman Khan encourages people to vote, says, "Go Vote"
1:45 pm: Polling stopped for 15 minutes after shots were fired at Sihsola village in Sohna (Gurgaon district). No one injured.
Pehle saath the, ab dekhiye kya hota hai: Hema Malini on Shiv Sena-BJP
1:05 pm: BJP workers injured INLD workers which shows BJP is a gunda party, people will respond with "vote ki chott": Dushyant Chautala, INLD
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1:00 pm: Im sure if it comes to it Shiv Sena & BJP will come together for the sake of Maharashtra, I will work for it too: Ramdas Athawale, RPI
People of Haryana should vote for us without any bias for the work we have done, if we have proven our mettle in the past. People should come and vote for anyone they want to but they should definitely come and vote.
12:36 pm: Common man is most powerful which is seen in Modi ji who was "chai wala" is now PM, that same power will work here. Maharashtra's problems are a challenge, Ive come with answers. That's why people in Maharashtra will make us win here.
Polls in Maharashtra are historic today, all major parties are contesting on their own. All speculations are baseless: Majeed Memon, NCP
Huge voter turn out in Sirsa
12:25 pm: Shiv Sena will get a majority", says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray after casting his vote. "I am sure the turnout will increase, I am sure Maharashtra will vote for the leaders they trust"
Slow turnout in Haryana and Maharashtra; Haryana has 16% till 10:30 am and Maharashtra recorded 10% till 10:30 am.
12:10 pm: I am sure the turnout will increase, I am sure Maharashtra will vote for the leaders they trust: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena
Cop on poll duty killed after being struck by lightning in Vidarbha
Scuffle between INLD & BJP workers in Modia Khera village in Sirsa (Haryana), one INLD worker injured in firing, admitted to hospital [Read]
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11:45 am: Actor Pooja Bedi, Karan Grover and other celebrities cast their votes.
11:30 am: Maharashtra records 7.31% voting till 9 am, Mumbai and Thane register low turnout of 5.5%.
10:50 am: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announces his candidature for CM
10:43 am: Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote, says "this is the time your opinion matters. I urge everyone to cast their vote."
10:40 am: It is very important for all of us to cast our votes for development of the nation: Bhagyashree; Brisk polling in Maharashtra and Haryana
10:35 am: Shiv Sena takes out advertisements on poll day [Read]
Extremely low turnout in elite localities at Khar so far. Could spot bored polling officers and election team, waiting for voters to come
Sharad Pawar casts his vote in Maharashtra
10:25 am: Prithviraj Chavan casts his vote
10:20 am: Clash between INLD and BJP supporters at a polling station in Basgaon, Hisar
10:00 am: Polling percentage in 4 seats of Gurgaon district till 9 am - Badshahpur-0.3%, GGN- 0.4%, Pataudi- 0.3 %, Sohna- 0.3 % (HT)
9:44 am: If you want change in the society, come out and cast your vote: Abhishek Bachchan
9:30 am: Supriya Sule votes, takes a selfie
9:05 am: Haryana poll campaign over, Daduwal released from jail
8: 21 am: The issues of LS polls are completely different from that of Assembly polls, said Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Modi wave in Lok Sabha polls. He added that Congress will form government again in Haryana. He said,"Haryana elections: The issues of Lok Sabha polls were completely different from that of assembly polls".
8:00 am: Gopinath Munde's daughter-Pankaja Munde-has high expectations from the elections in Maharashtra. "I hope the best for the opposition and us. We have never said anything against anyone-be it the Congress or the Shiv Sena. I am assured of my victory." She further said: "I am confident about winning, for me challenge is to match up to the expectations of people".
7:47 am: This village is boycotting elections in Haryana [Read]
7:30 am: Urging the people of Haryana & Maharashtra to go out & cast their votes. Youngsters must show the way & ensure record turnout: PM Modi
7:18 am: OP Chautala's kin-Naina Chautala believes that it is Chautala wave in Haryana and not Modi wave. "Modi wave was in the Lok Sabha elections, but not in the Assembly elections. Chautala Saab is not looking for sympathy, but it the people who know that one cannot be sent to jail just for giving employments."
7:10 am: Polling begins in Nagpur, Maharashtra
7:05 am: Voting has not yet started in both the states, although the stage is being set for the big battle.