All the major exit polls released at the end of assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana have predicted a victory for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. [READ FULL REPORT]
NEW DELHI: The voting to state assemblies of Maharashtra and Haryana ended at 6 PM, with a voter turnout of 55% and 62% respectively.
The polling for 90 Assembly seats of Haryana and 288 seats of Maharashtra commenced at 7 am and concluded at 6 pm. The counting of votes for both state assemblies will take place on October 24.
The elections are significant as it is the first assembly polls after Modi steered the BJP-led NDA to a resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year for a successive second term at the Centre.
It is also the first assembly polls after the BJP-led government's decision to repeal Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP is in power on its own in Haryana and in alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
Voter turnout (5.00 PM)
Pratibha Patil casts vote in Pune
BSP leader throws ink on EVM machine in Thane
Calling Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), a "mockery of democracy", a local BSP leader in Thane threw ink on of the machines in Thane Head Post Office, police said. While being arrested, Sunil Khambe said that to bring back ballot papers in place of EVMs is a demand of the people of India. He also shouted the slogan "EVMs murdabad" (down with EVMs).
Teacher on poll duty in Gadchiroli dies
Bapu Pandu Gavade, a 45-year-old teacher who was on election duty in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district died at a hospital after fainting while going towards the voting booth. Gavade, en route to the booth with a polling party from the base camp in Dehari, fainted mid-way in the morning near Pursalgondi village. "He used to get epileptic fits. He suffered head injuries after he fainted. He was taken to Etapalli hospital first and then to a bigger facility at Chandrapur. Gavade, however, died during treatment," the official told PTI.
BJP national working president JP Nadda to hold a meeting with party's General Secretaries tomorrow at BJP HQ over Maharashtra Assembly Polls and Haryana Assembly Polls. Discussions regarding party functions on birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, on 31st Oct, will also be taken up.
WATCH | Celebrities, politicians come out to vote for Maharashtra assembly polls
We are confident that people will continue to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his philosophy and his policies, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. [READ FULL REPORT]
BJP will break all previous records in Maharashtra: Javadekar
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday exuded confidence that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra will break all previous records by winning more than 222 seats. [READ FULL REPORT]
ECI official voter turnout (4.00 PM)
ECI official voter turnout (3.30 PM)
52.18% polling recorded till 3 pm in Dharamsala by-elections.
35% poll percentage recorded in Mumbai City district till 3 pm.
Polling stations pick up pace in Mumbai. Scenes from Kalachowki polling booth in central Mumbai.
Naxal district of Gadchiroli witnesses 52 per cent voting as polling concludes at 3 PM.
Poll violence reported in Mewat region of 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. [READ FULL REPORT HERE]
72-member family comes out to vote in Pune!
At Kendriya Vidyalaya polling station in Pune, 72 members from a united family including their 102-year-old head casted vote on Monday.
King Khan, wife Gauri come out to vote in Bandra West
Minor scuffles reported in Beed, Jalna
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. [READ REPORT HERE]
Congress has lodged 221 complaints regarding EVMs since voting began in 288 constituencies of Maharashtra on Monday morning.
EVM issue reported in Worli
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone casts her vote
ECI official voter turnout (1 PM)
Haryana : 35.40%
93-year-old Army veteran is Union Minister Smriti Irani's hero on Maharashtra election day
Union Minister Smriti Irani after casting her vote: Today's hero is Khanna ji (man standing next to her),he had served in Army. He is 93 & came out to vote. It is an inspiration,request people to come out and vote,if at 93 he can vote,who is stopping you?#MaharashtraAssemblyPolls https://t.co/56MkPFUeuk pic.twitter.com/Cy1x8Ioofu— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2019
Official ECI voter turnout (12 pm)
Haryana : 23.82%
Will focus on overall development if I win: BJP's Dadri candidate Babita Phogat
BJP candidate and wrestler, Babita Phogat on Monday asserted that her prime focus will be on the overall development of Dadri assembly constituency if she wins the seat in the Haryana elections.
Babita said, "Development in the region has been on a standstill. If I win, my focus will be on the overall development of the region be it to meet the basic necessities of the people, encouraging sports participation, improving services, health and education. I want to serve the people." (Read more)
This is a celebration of democracy: NCP chief Sharad Pawar after voting in Mumbai
Sachin Tendulkar and family cast their vote in Bandra (West)
Maharashtra voter turnout picks up, 16.35% till 12 pm
After a dull first four hours of polling due to rains, the poll percentage has picked up in Maharashtra with a total voter turnout of 16.35% til 12 pm. With all major political leaders including PM Modi appealing for voters to turn up in large numbers, will Maharashtra be able to better its previous poll percentage? Five and a half hours of polling is left.
IN PICS | Dushyant rides tractor while Khattar rides a cycle to vote in Haryana elections
CLOCKWISE(From left): CM Khattar cycles his way to the polling booth in Karnal, JJP chief Dushyant Chautala arrives in a tractor in Sirsar, Randeep Singh Surjewala and wife show their inked fingers after voting in Kaithal, Wrestler turned-politician Babita Phogat with her family cast vote in Bhiwani, Tiktok star Sonali Phogat votes in Hisar.
WATCH | Haryana Assembly Elections: Voter turnout at 13 per cent till 11 am
Haryana elections: Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda casts vote in Rohtak
WATCH | Nitin Gadkari, Sushilkumar Shinde amongst early-bird voters
Shiv Sena chief and family cast their vote in Bandra (East)
Haryana elections: Voter turnout 13% till 11 AM
The 90-seat Haryana assembly elections has witnessed 13% voter turnout in the first four hours since the polling started. No untoward incidents have been reported.
Nitin Gadkari predicts 'record-breaking' win for BJP-Sena
Gadkari, who was among the early voters in Nagpur, said people will vote on the basis of the five-year performance of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Devendra Fadnavis-led dispensation in Maharashtra.
"The BJP-Sena will have a record-breaking victory and Fadnavis will be the chief minister again," he told reporters after casting his vote. (Read more )
Maharashtra elections: CM Fadnavis, family cast their votes at Nagpur
Maharashtra polls: Will Mumbai break previous voter turnout records?
Mumbai's voter turnout remained below 50 per cent between 1999 to 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. In 2014, however, the tally improved and the city crossed the halfway mark in both General and state Assembly polls.
During his election speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also appealed people to not skip voting and come out for vote on Monday. (Read more)
Polling percentage / 9 AM UPDATE: 8.73% voter turnout in Haryana, 5.46% in Maharashtra
I appeal to all citizens of Maharashtra to come out and vote in large numbers: Aamir Khan
Haryana elections: CM Khattar rides cycle to polling booth
Maharashtra elections, 9 AM UPDATE: Voting in Mumbai, Thane just over 5%
Maharashtra elections: Incidents of violence reported from Amravati
Incidents of violence are being reported from Amravati. A vehicle of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana has been burnt.
Maharashtra elections: Mohan Bhagwat, Nitin Gadkari among early voters
Polling in Maharashtra on Monday began at 7 AM and here are few of our political leaders who were early to exercise their democratic franchise.
Left: Education Minister Ashish Selar cast his vote at Bandra, Centre top: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and family cast their votes. Centre middle: Maharashtra MOS Agriculture Sadabhau Khot at his village in Sangli district of Western Maharashtra. Centre bottom: Former UP Governor Ram Naik at Borivali in Mumbai, Right: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat
WATCH | Union minister Nitin Gadkari addresses media after casting his vote in Nagpur
JJP leader Dushyant Chautala arrives in tractor to cast vote
Every vote is important: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
"Every vote is important for choosing the government that realizes Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's dream of 'Swaraj' as the basis of development and poor welfare. I appeal to brothers and sisters in Maharashtra to vote to maintain a stable and honest government in the state," Shah tweeted for Assembly elections in Maharashtra.
For polls in Haryana, Shah tweeted, "Casteism, familism and corruption are the biggest inhibitors for the development of Haryana. Your one vote for development and nationalism will keep Haryana on the path of progress. All the brothers and sisters from Haryana vote before having food and participate in the development process of the state."
NCP leader Supriya Sule casts her vote
Maharashtra elections: Do vote, says Fadnavis
Haryana and Maharashtra elections: The campaign trail
During the campaign period, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were among national leaders campaigned in the two states. NCP chief Sharad Pawar campaigned extensively in Maharashtra.
Haryana elections | JJP, INLD not factors, contest between Congress, BJP: Bhupinder Singh Hooda
EVM snag: Voting on hold at Badshahpur election booth in Gurugram
Voting is on hold after an EVM machine at booth number 286 in Badshahpur stops working.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote
Haryana elections: All you need to know
- Elections are taking place for 90 seats
- 1169 candidates are in poll fray
- BJP is taking on the Congress and Dushyant Chautala-led JJP in the state
- 40,000 Haryana police personnel have been deployed for safe conduct of elections
- 13,000 paramilitary personnel, more than 20,000 Home Guards and Special Police Officers have been deployed
Maharashtra election: What you need to know
- Elections are taking place for 288 assembly seats
- BJP in alliance with Shiv Sena is contesting 150 seats while the latter in 124 leaving the rest for other allies
- Congress in alliance with NCP has fielded 147 candidates while the latter has fielded 121.
- 40,000 police personnel will be deployed in Mumbai
- Drones will be used for surveillance as part of security arrangements
- Home guards, companies of CAPF and CRPF are also deployed
Elections for two states begin, PM urges for large voter turnout
Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 21, 2019