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Maharashtra, Haryana Elections 2019 Highlights: Polling ends; 60.5% turnout in Maha, 65% in Haryana

By Anuj Cariappa
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Mumbai/Chandigarh, Oct 21: The voting across 288 assembly constituencies of Maharashtra and 90 seats of Haryana were largely peace barring a few stray incidents. Polling in both the states began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. The voting was slow during the first three hours, but picked post noon. Till 6 pm, 60.5 percent voters turned up for polling in Maharashtra, while 65 percent voters cast their vote in Haryana, according to data provided by ECI's Voter Turnout app. The final voter turnout is yet to be officially declared by the election commission.

By-polls were also being held to 51 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states. By-polls were held across 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, and till 5 pm, polling percentage stood at 44.47 percent. Five Assembly seats in Kerala went to polls, and a turnout of 54 percent was recorded till 5 pm. Arunachal Pradesh's Khonsa West constituency registered a whopping 90.74 percent polling.

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7:11 PM, 21 Oct
Haryana
Election Commission: 65% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm in Haryana. Voting is still going on, so the turnout is likely to rise
7:10 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
Election Commission of India: 60.5% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm in Maharashtra. Voting is still going on, so the turnout is likely to rise.
6:28 PM, 21 Oct
Assembly bypolls across 51 seats conclude. Arunachal Pradesh's Khonsa West records highest turnout at 90.74 %, while Uttar Pradesh, where 11 seats went to polls, recorded the lowest at 44.71 percent. Polling for 51 constituencies across 18 states concluded at 6 pm.
6:08 PM, 21 Oct
Uttar Pradesh
The average polling across 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh till 5 pm was 44.47 percent. 11 seats in UP that went to polls are Gangoh, Rampur, Iglas (SC), Lucknow Cantonment, Govindnagar, Manikpur, Pratapgarh, Zaidpur (SC), Jalalpur, Balha (SC) and Ghosi.
6:06 PM, 21 Oct
Kerala
By-elections were held in 5 seats across Kerala - Vattiyoorkavu, Konni, Alroor, Ernakulam and Manjeswaram. Of the five Assembly seats in Kerala, Konni recorded the highest polling at 64.6 percent while Ernakulum recorded the lowest at 40.3 percent till 5 pm. Manjeshwar recorded 50.2 percent polling, Vattiyoorkavu 51.4 percent and Aroor 64.7 percent. Net turnout - 54% at 5 pm.
6:04 PM, 21 Oct
Tamil Nadu
The Assembly segments of Vikravandi and Nanguneri in Tamil Nadu and Kamaraj Nagar in Puducherry are witnessing brisk polling since 3 pm.
6:03 PM, 21 Oct
Chattisgarh
The voter turnout till 5pm for the bypoll in Chattisgarh's Chitrakote assembly constituency is 74.39%.
5:49 PM, 21 Oct
By 5 pm, 45% voters turned up for polling in Maharashtra, while 55% voters cast their vote in Haryana, according to data provided by ECI's Voter Turnout app.
5:49 PM, 21 Oct
Haryana
A woman was injured as clash took place between two groups outside a polling booth in Malaaka village in Nuh district in Haryana's Mewat region on Monday, a senior police official said. A senior police official said that some argument broke out between a present Sarpanch and former Sarpanch after which some of their supporters accompanying them clashed. Stones were also hurled during which one woman was injured, Nuh's Superintendent of Police, Sangeeta Kalia said over phone. "However, the polling process was not hampered and the situation was peaceful now," the SP told PTI. The village where clash took place falls in Ferozepur Jhirka assembly constituency in Nuh, she said, adding some old enmity between the two groups was stated to be the reason behind the clash.
5:47 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
Salman Khan cast vote at a polling vote in Bandra (West), Mumbai.
5:47 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
Former President Pratibha Patil cast her vote at NCL School in Pune.
5:46 PM, 21 Oct
Chhattisgarh
74.39% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm for the by-polls in Chitrakote assembly constituency.
5:21 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that the BJP will break all previous records in Maharashtra by winning over 222 out of 288 seats in the assembly.
5:19 PM, 21 Oct
Himachal Pradesh
By-elections were held in 2 seats - Dharamshala and Pachhad - in Himachal Pradesh. While the Dharamshala Assembly seat recorded 52.18 percent polling till 5 pm, Pacchad recorded 59.4 percent.
5:16 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
As voting for the Assembly polls progressed across Maharashtra on Monday, reports of scuffles came in from Beed and Jalna districts, officials said late afternoon. In Beed's Balepeer area, over 380 kilometres from Mumbai, supporters of Shiv Sena candidate Jaydatt Kshirsagar and NCP candidate Sandeep Kshirsagar had an altercation over allegations of vehicles being used to ferry voters to polling booths, an official said. The area was tense for a while before police, as well as the two candidates, defused the situation, he added. In Jalna's Jamkhed area, over 400 kilometres from here, two groups owing allegiance to local leaders clashed before being separated by police, an official said. (PTI)
4:26 PM, 21 Oct
Haryana
50.59% poll percentage recorded till 3:30 pm in Haryana.
3:50 PM, 21 Oct
Haryana
Turnout is 48% in Haryana till 3 pm.
3:50 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
At 3 pm, the voter turnout in Maharashtra stood at 38%.
3:48 PM, 21 Oct
Telangana
Voter turnout in Huzurnagar stands at 52.89% at 2.30 pm.
3:47 PM, 21 Oct
Karnataka Congress tweets:
3:22 PM, 21 Oct
Voter turnout at 2 pm: Maharashtra’s voter turnout stands at 31%, Haryana’s at 38%.
3:20 PM, 21 Oct
Haryana had recorded a polling percentage of nearly 25 per cent by noon as voting began on Monday morning in the 90 assembly constituencies amid tight security. Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, officials said. As per the Election Commission data, brisk polling was going on in many districts and around noon close to 25 per cent voters had exercised their votes. Among the constituencies where brisk polling was going on included Kaithal (32 per cent), Guhla reserved segment (31 per cent), Thanesar (27.64 per cent), Sirsa (27 per cent), Narnaund (32 per cent), Tohana (30.50 per cent), Tosham (36 per cent), Rewari (30 per cent). Assembly segments, where moderate polling was witnessed by noon, included Baroda (23 per cent), Garhi Sampla-Kiloi (25.40 per cent), Punhana (25 per cent) and Adampur (25.37 per cent).
3:09 PM, 21 Oct
Republican Party President Ramdas Athawale cast his vote and asked citizens to particpate in large numbers. On Monday, Athawale expressed confidence over the BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI alliance and said they will win around 230-240 seats in the state elections. There are 289 seats in the Maharashtra assembly. "We had kept in front of the people what all work we did in the last five years and are planning to do in the next five years. That's why, I feel people will support us and the alliance will win 230-240 seats," Athawale told ANI.
2:15 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
The polling percentage across 288 Assembly Constituencies in Maharashtra is 30.89% till 1 pm.
2:15 PM, 21 Oct
Uttar Pradesh
Polling for the bypolls to 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh started to pick up with over 28 per cent voters exercising their franchise till 1pm. Polling, which began at 7 am amid tight security, will continue till to 6 pm, officials said. The election office said the polling, which started on a slow pace, gradually picked up with 28.98 per cent voters casting their votes till 1 pm. Voters are expected to come out in large numbers later in the day , they said. While Gangoh in Saharanpur saw the highest turn out of 41.70 per cent, the Lucknow Cant seat witnessed only 16.10 per cent voter turnout till 1 pm. Polling was going on peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident, they said. Polling was held up for a couple of hours after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) developed a snag on booth number 350 at Salhipur
2:09 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
Maharashtra
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during Maharashtra Assembly elections, in Nagpur district of Maharashtra.
2:05 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra
Voter turnout in Mumbai at 2 PM: Mumbai city saw a turnout of 25.39% Mumbai suburbs saw a turnout of 25.59%
2:03 PM, 21 Oct
Uttar Pradesh
The polling percent at 1 pm in Uttar Pradesh stands at 28.98 in 11 constituencies. (Gangoh - 41.70%; Rampur-25.12%, Iglas (SC)-18.90%; Lucknow Cantonment - 9.40%; Govindnagar - 16.10.%; Manikpur-20.50%; Pratapgarh-33.87%, Zaidpur (SC)- 33.00%; Jalalpur- 35.97%, Balha (SC) - 32.00% and Ghosi)- 34.9%%.
1:54 PM, 21 Oct
"BJP is going to form govt in both the states, Haryana and Maharashtra. We are confident that people will continue to support Prime Minister Modi, his philosophy and his policies," says Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan.
1:50 PM, 21 Oct
Maharashtra sees 27.97 percnet turnout until 1 PM, Haryana's turnout rises to 35.76 percent.
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The opposition tried to corner the BJP governments at the Centre and in the states on the handling of the economy with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blaming the ruling party for the economic slowdown and unemployment and highlighting issues like "failure" of demonetisation and GST rollout.

The BJP, which is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra, is contesting 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies contesting on its lotus symbol, while Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats.

On the other hand, the Congress has fielded 147 candidates and the ally NCP 121.

Among other parties, the 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.

Cong has 'already accepted defeat' in Haryana polls, says Modi

The opposition campaign was, however, lacklusture as both the Congress and the NCP were plagued by infighting and desertions in the run-up to the polls.

The bypoll for Satara Lok Sabha constituency will also be held on October 21. Former NCP leader and sitting MP Udayanraje Bhosale is in the fray from the seat on a BJP ticket against Shriniwas Patil of the Congress-NCP combine.

Voting will also be held in bypolls to Samastipur (Bihar) Lok Sabha seat which was held by Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party, a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance.

The campaign in Maharashtra was marked by personal attacks and sharp exchange of barbs between the chief minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who hit the hustings at the age of 79 and addressed a number of rallies.

However, the Congress and NCP failed to hold even a single joint rally.

While Modi addressed nine rallies across the state, Rahul Gandhi spoke at six public meetings.

The campaign also saw an undertone of jostling for supremacy between the BJP and the Sena, which had fought the last assembly elections separately, winning 122 and 63 seats respectively. The Congress had bagged 42 and the NCP 41 seats.

In the April-May Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-Sena alliance won 41 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, while the Congress won one and NCP four seats.

Prominent candidates in the fray are Chief Minister Fadnavis and his predecessors from Congress, Ashok Chavan, who is in fray from Bhokar in Nanded district, and Prithviraj Chavan seeking re-election from Karad South in Satara district.

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, is contesting from Worli in Mumbai. The 29-year-old is the first from the Thackeray family to make debut in electoral politics.

In Haryana, the Congress is hoping to make a comeback following a change in guard in the state, while the BJP led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has set a target of winning 75 seats out of 90 in which 1,169 candidates of various political outfits are contesting.

Currently, the BJP has 48 members in state assembly and had won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the recent election.

The Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), a breakaway faction of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), is also hoping for an improvement in its prospects following the Lok Sabha debacle. The party had emerged on the scene following a feud in the Chautala clan in Decamber last year.

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

Prominent amongst those in the contest are Chief Minister Khattar (Karnal), former chief minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Garhi Sampla-Kiloi), Randeep Singh Surjewala (Kaithal), Kiran Choudhary (Tosham) and Kuldeep Bishnoi (Adampur) and JJP's Dushyant Chautala (Uchana Kalan).

The BJP has fielded three sportspersons -- Babita Phogat (Dadri), Yogeshwar Dutt (Baroda in Sonipat) and Sandeep Singh (Pehowa) -- besides TikTok star Sonali Phogat (Adampur).

While Prime Minister Modi addressed seven rallies in the state, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed two election meetings.

In the 2014 assembly polls, the BJP for the first time came to power in Haryana winning 47 seats. It won the Jind bypolls earlier this year, taking its total strength in the state assembly 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.

Voting will also be held in bypolls to 51 assembly seats spread across 17 states.

The BJP and its allies had nearly 30 of these assembly seats, while the Congress had won 12 and the rest were with regional parties.

Among the states ruled by the BJP and its allies, the maximum 11 seats will have bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, followed by six in Gujarat, five in Bihar, four in Assam and two each in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The other states where bypolls will be held are Punjab (4 seats), Kerala (5 seats), Sikkim (3 seats), Rajasthan (two seats) and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana.

The exercise is coinciding with assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, the first major elections after the BJP retained power in the Lok Sabha polls in April-May winning 303 seats out of 543.

In politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, the polls are seen as a litmus test for the Yogi Adityanath government which has completed 30 months in office.

It is a four-cornered contest with the BJP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress fielding candidates on all 11 assembly seats.

Eight of these seats were held earlier by the BJP and one by BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal). The seats of Rampur and Jalalpur (Ambedkarnagar) were held by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, respectively

The Congress is hoping to consolidate its thin majority in Rajasthan by wresting the two seats from the BJP and its ally RLP. Of the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan, the Congress has 106 MLAs, including the six who defected to the party from the BSP recently

The AIADMK and DMK are locked in a keen contest in Vikravandi and Nanguneri Assembly seats in Tami Nadu.

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang is contesting from Poklok Kamrang constitueny, one of the three seats where bypolls will be held in the state. Tamang aka Golay is the president of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), which has tied up with the BJP.

Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia is contesting from Gangtok on Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) ticket.

(with agency inputs)

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