Counting of votes for Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections on Thursday

Along with 2 states, counting of votes will be held for 51 assembly seats and 2 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states where by-elections were held two days ago.

Written by October 23, 2019 21:35

New Delhi: Counting of votes for Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls will be held tomorrow. Counting will also take place for 51 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 17 States.

The two Lok Sabha seats are Samastipur in Bihar and Satara constituency in Maharashtra.

Voting for 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, 90-seat Haryana Assembly and by-polls to the 51 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies was held on Monday.

While the BJP fielded nominees in 164 Assembly seats, the Shiv Sena contestes on 124 seats. Congress fielded 147 candidates while its ally NCP contested from 121 seats.

The BJP under Devendra Fadnavis’ leadership is seeking a second straight term in the state. With five years in office since 2014, Fadnavis, if becomes victorious, will have the distinction of becoming the first Chief Minister in the last 47 years to complete his five-year term in office.

In Haryana, BJP and Congress are projected to be engaged in direct fight with regional satraps being marginalised to a corner. In both states, the campaign was mainly dominated by aggressive narrative of Article 370 abrogation, nationalism and corruption cases against opposition leaders to woo the voters. The issue of Article 370 and Savarkar also forced Congress to rethink its strategy.

By-polls: Counting for 51 assembly & 2 LS seats

Along with 2 states, counting of votes will be held for 51 assembly seats and 2 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states where by-elections were held two days ago.

The BJP and its allies held 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, counting will be held for the maximum 11 seats 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 were held are Punjab (4 seats), Kerala (5 seats), Sikkim (3 seats), Rajasthan (2 seats) and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana.