Sixty-four per cent of Maharashtra's 8.35 crore voters cast their ballots on October 15 in what became a five-faced contest after the alliance between the BJP and Shiv Sena and Congress and NCP crumbled over the seat-sharing issue.
Total seats: 288 (To form government, 145 seats required)
Total candidates: 4,119
Women candidates: 276
Party-wise candidates: BJP 280, Shiv Sena 282, Congress 287, NCP 278, MNS 219, BSP 260, CPI 34, CPI(M) 19
Exit poll says:
The BJP is expected to emerge the single-largest party, say all the major exit polls. Today's Chanakya has predicted 151 seats for the BJP which would give it an absolute majority. India News/Axis, ABP News/Nielsen and Cvoter/India TV have predicted 103, 127 and 129 seats for the BJP, respectively. The Shiv Sena stands second in the exit poll.
In the past:
The BJP has been in power in Maharashtra only once before. Between 1995-99, it had ruled the state in alliance with the Shiv Sena. The Congress, on the other hand, has been in power in the state for all part except the BJP-Sena rule and a less-than-two-year stint of the Sharad Pawar-led Progressive Democratic Front government in 1978-80.
2009 results in Maharashtra:
Congress: 82 (vote-share 21%)
NCP: 62 (16.4%)
BJP: 46 (14%)
Shiv Sena: 44 (16.3%)
Independent: 24 (15.5%)
Others: 30 (16.8%)
Nearly 76 per cent of Haryana's 1.62 crore voters cast their ballots on October 15 in a crucial poll which saw minor clashes. This was the highest voting in Haryana assembly polls since 1967, when 72.65 per cent turnout was recorded.
Total seats: 90 (To form government, 46 seats required)
Total candidates: 1,351
Women candidates: 116
Exit poll says: The BJP is expected to emerge the single-largest party, say all the major exit polls. Today's Chanakya has predicted 52 seats for the BJP which would give it an absolute majority. ABP News/Nielsen and Cvoter/India TV have predicted 103, 46 and 34-40 seats for the BJP, respectively. The Congress, which ruled Haryana for almost a decade now, was predicted to get just 10-18 seats.
In the past:
The BJP has never been in power in Haryana. The current chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is in office since March 2005, making him the longest-serving incumbent at a stretch.
2009 results in Haryana:
Congress: 40 (vote-share 35.1%)
INLD: 31 (25.8%)
HJC: 6 (7.4%)
BJP: 4 (9%)
Others: 2 (9.5%)