Haryana, Maharashtra to Go to Polls on October 21: EC

New Delhi: Voting for the Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies will be held on October 21 and the votes will be counted on October 24, informed Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora at a presser here on Saturday.
Filing of nominations begin on September 27 and end on October 4.

While the term of 288-member Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9, that of the 90-member Haryana assembly expires on November 2.

There are 1.82 crore registered voters in Haryana, Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters, said CEC Arora.

CEC Sunil Arora announces, “Special security arrangements will be made for LWE affected areas in Gadchiroli and Gondia in Maharashtra.”

Two officers who were instrumental in exposing malpractices in Vellore are being sent to Maharashtra as expenditure observers for the state Assembly elections.

The poll-bound Maharashtra has added nearly eight lakh voters since the April-May 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The overall increase in the number of voters in Maharashtra compared to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls is 7,69,165. The voter tally has gone from 8,86,77,046 at the time of the Lok Sabha elections in April-May to 8,94,46,211 now.

There are 288 assembly constituencies in Maharashtra – of which 234 are for general category candidates, 29 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 25 earmarked for Scheduled Tribes. The state has 96,654 polling stations with average voter per booth at 925, said the ECI official. In the 2014 assembly polls, the BJP had won 122 seats followed by the Shiv Sena (63), the Congress (42) and the NCP (41). Smaller parties and independents had bagged 20 seats.

Meanwhile,Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expressed confidence that the BJP will cross the 75-mark in the upcoming assembly polls in the state. “We will cross the target of 75 seats in Haryana,” the CM said addressing the Vijay Sankalp rally in Rohtak, considered to be a bastion of the Congress.

BJP leaders from Haryana say any decision on seat sharing will be taken by the party’s central leadership. “We are hopeful of a positive outcome as the BJP is an old ally. However, we are prepared to contest on our own if things don’t materialise,” Bhunder said.

Arora said that bypolls will also be held in 64 seats — Arunachal Pradesh (1), Assam (4), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (1), Gujarat (4), Himachal Pradesh (2), Karnataka (15), Kerala (5), Madhya Pradesh (1), Meghalaya (1), Odisha (1), Puducherry (1), Punjab (4), Rajasthan (2), Sikkim (3), Tamil Nadu (2), Telangana (1) and Uttar Pradesh (11).