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Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls 2019: Here's all the key information

By Vishal S

Mumbai, Oct 19: With voting for Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections set to be held on Monday (October 21), came to an end on Saturday evening in accordance with the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Both Maharashtra and Haryana have BJP governments. While in Maharashtra, the BJP is in power with its ally Shiv Sena, in Haryana, the BJP has the majority on its own. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Haryana's ML Khattar are first-time CMs and both come from a strong RSS background.

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Maharashtra Assembly elections 2019:

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has 288 seats.

29 seats are reserved for SC and 25 for ST.

Polling for all 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra will be held on October 21.

Maharashtra has a total of 8,98,39,600 voters, including 4,28,43,635 women and 4,68,75,750 men.

1,06,76,013 voters are in the age group of 18-25 years.

3237 candidates, including 235 women, in the fray.

95,473 polling stations have been set up.

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    The main contest is between the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the Congress-NCP alliance.

    The BJP is contesting from 164 seats while the Shiv Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats.

    Congress has fielded 147 candidates and the ally NCP 121.

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    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Raj Thackeray, has fielded 101 candidates, the CPI 16, the CPM 8. The BSP has fielded candidates in 262 constituencies. A total of 1400 Independents are also in the poll arena.

    In 2014 elections, the BJP had won the highest 122 seats, Sena 63, the Congress 42 and the NCP 41 seats.

    A glimpse at campaigning in Maharashtra:

    The campaign was marked by personal attacks and sharp exchange of barbs between the chief minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. For the Opposition, Pawar seemed to be the only saving grace who hit the hustings at the age of 79 and addressed a number of rallies in which he attacked PM Modi and BJP on a string of issues. However, the Congress and NCP failed to hold even a single joint rally in contrast to the joint rally held by the prime minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on October 18.

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    While Modi addressed nine rallies across the state, Rahul Gandhi spoke at six public meetings. In his speeches, Modi dared the Opposition to bring back provisions of the now-scrapped Article 370 in their election manifesto. He also hinted at continued action against Opposition leaders "who are in jail" in corruption cases.

    Haryana Assembly elections 2019:

    Haryana Legislative Assembly has 90 seats.

    In Haryana, there are over 1.83 crore voters, out of which 83 lakh are women.

    1,169 candidates, including 105 women, are in the fray.

    19,578 polling stations have been set up.

    13,837 of these in rural areas, had been set up across the state amid tight security arrangements, officials said.

    Haryana polls 2019: Political equations

    The BSP, AAP, INLD-SAD combine, Swaraj India and the Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) have thrown the hat into the ring, though none of them is fighting on all 90 seats.

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    The Aam Aadmi Party is fighting on 46 seats. BSP is contesting on 87 seats. The INLD is contesting on 86 seats, while its ally SAD is fighting on three seats.

    Indian National Lok Dal, which witnessed a split last year owing to a feud in the Chautala clan, saw its prominent faces switching over to the BJP, Congress and the JJP.

    While the ruling BJP made the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir a major poll plank, the opposition slammed the government over issues of unemployment and farmers' distress during electioneering.

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    In the 2014 assembly polls, the BJP had won 47 seats. It won the Jind bypolls earlier this year, taking the total strength to 48. The INLD had 19 MLAs while the Congress has 17 legislators. The BSP and the SAD had bagged one seat each in the last polls while five were Independents.

    A glimpse at campaigning in Haryana:

    The BJP made the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir a major poll plank. It also promised the National Register of Citizens in the state. In his two rallies in Nuh and Mahendragarh, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no understanding of the economy and claimed that the world was mocking India as the BJP was pitting people against each other. Attacking the government over the state of economy, Rahul Gandhi said unemployment was the highest in the past 40 years in the country and farmers were committing suicide.

    Congress' Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other opposition leaders, including JJP's Dushyant Chautala and INLD's Abhay Chautala, attacked the BJP, alleging non-fulfilment of promises, deteriorating law and order situation and unemployment. The Congress and the INLD promised debt waiver for farmers.

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