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HIGHLIGHTS | Voting concludes in Haryana, Maharashtra, exit polls predict BJP win

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 for a successive second term at the Centre.

Published: 21st October 2019 07:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2019 07:39 PM   |  A+A-

First time voters along with family members get a selfie clicked at a polling station in Mumbai (Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

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. 

07:38 Oct 21

 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]

06:22 Oct 21

Voter turnout (5.00 PM)

Haryana: 55%
Maharashtra: 45%

06:20 Oct 21

Pratibha Patil casts vote in Pune

The former president cast her vote at Pune's NCL School.

06:15 Oct 21

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).

06:09 Oct 21

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.

05:17 Oct 21

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. 

05:04 Oct 21

WATCH | Celebrities, politicians come out to vote for Maharashtra assembly polls

05:01 Oct 21

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]

04:44 Oct 21

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] 

04:36 Oct 21

ECI official voter turnout (4.00 PM)

Haryana: 50.59%
Maharashtra: 43.70%  

04:35 Oct 21
04:07 Oct 21

ECI official voter turnout (3.30 PM)

Haryana: 49.42%

Maharashtra: 39.97% 

03:58 Oct 21
03:55 Oct 21

52.18% polling recorded till 3 pm in Dharamsala by-elections. 

03:54 Oct 21

35% poll percentage recorded in Mumbai City district till 3 pm. 

03:54 Oct 21

 

Polling stations pick up pace in Mumbai. Scenes from Kalachowki polling booth in central Mumbai.

03:52 Oct 21

 Naxal district of Gadchiroli witnesses 52 per cent voting as polling concludes at 3 PM. 

03:26 Oct 21
03:22 Oct 21

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]

03:13 Oct 21

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.

03:11 Oct 21

King Khan, wife Gauri come out to vote in Bandra West

03:02 Oct 21

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] 

02:51 Oct 21

Congress has lodged 221 complaints regarding EVMs since voting began in 288 constituencies of Maharashtra on Monday morning. 

02:45 Oct 21

EVM issue reported in Worli

02:43 Oct 21

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone casts her vote

02:09 Oct 21

ECI official voter turnout (1 PM)

Haryana : 35.40%

Maharashtra: 27.88%

01:45 Oct 21

93-year-old Army veteran is Union Minister Smriti Irani's hero on Maharashtra election day

01:29 Oct 21

Official ECI voter turnout (12 pm)

Haryana : 23.82%

Maharashtra: 17.01%

01:15 Oct 21

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)

01:08 Oct 21

This is a celebration of democracy: NCP chief Sharad Pawar after voting in Mumbai

01:03 Oct 21

Sachin Tendulkar and family cast their vote in Bandra (West)

12:53 Oct 21

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.

12:45 Oct 21

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.

12:14 Oct 21

WATCH | Haryana Assembly Elections: Voter turnout at 13 per cent till 11 am

12:07 Oct 21

Haryana elections: Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda casts vote in Rohtak

12:01 Oct 21

WATCH | Nitin Gadkari, Sushilkumar Shinde amongst early-bird voters

11:51 Oct 21

Shiv Sena chief and family cast their vote in Bandra (East)

11:37 Oct 21

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.

10:51 Oct 21

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 )

10:46 Oct 21

Maharashtra elections: CM Fadnavis, family cast their votes at Nagpur

10:43 Oct 21

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)

10:28 Oct 21

Polling percentage / 9 AM UPDATE: 8.73% voter turnout in Haryana, 5.46% in Maharashtra

10:20 Oct 21

I appeal to all citizens of Maharashtra to come out and vote in large numbers: Aamir Khan

 

10:17 Oct 21

Haryana elections: CM Khattar rides cycle to polling booth

10:11 Oct 21

Maharashtra elections, 9 AM UPDATE: Voting in Mumbai, Thane just over 5%

10:09 Oct 21

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. 

10:04 Oct 21

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

09:44 Oct 21

WATCH | Union minister Nitin Gadkari addresses media after casting his vote in Nagpur

09:30 Oct 21

JJP leader Dushyant Chautala arrives in tractor to cast vote

09:11 Oct 21

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."

09:08 Oct 21

NCP leader Supriya Sule casts her vote

09:07 Oct 21

Maharashtra elections: Do vote, says Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis, who is seeking re-election from Nagpur South-West constituency, has tweeted "Voting is our Right, Voting is our Duty, And voting is an integral part of democracy. DO VOTE!" The Maharashtra CM is pitted against Congress' Ashish Deshmukh.
09:02 Oct 21

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.

08:46 Oct 21

Haryana elections | JJP, INLD not factors, contest between Congress, BJP: Bhupinder Singh Hooda

08:42 Oct 21

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.

08:13 Oct 21

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote

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08:08 Oct 21

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
07:58 Oct 21

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

 

07:52 Oct 21

Elections for two states begin, PM urges for large voter turnout


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