CEC Sunil Arora announces, “Special security arrangements will be made for LWE affected areas in Gadchiroli and Gondia in Maharashtra.”
— ANI (@ANI) 21 September 2019
Voters in the State | 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.
Current Status of Maharashtra Assembly | 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.
BJP Campaign: ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ | Khattar’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra, which started on August 18 and covered all 90 assembly constituencies in the state, culminated in Rohtak on September 8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present on the occasion to address the Vijay Sankalp rally. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Union minister Narendra Tomar, state Cabinet ministers Capt Abhimanyu and Ram Bilas Sharma.
Khattar Confident of BJP Victory | Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Sunday 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.
Bhunder said at that time, the BJP had “promised” to give some seats to them during the Vidhan Sabha polls. “The negotiations on seat sharing are on. But if these fail to any bear fruit and the BJP decides not to make much adjustment to accommodate us, then we will contest the assembly polls on our own without entering into a tie-up with any other party,” he said.
BJP-SAD Seat Sharing Talks On | In Haryana, the BJP had come to power for the first time in 2014. The ruling BJP has set a target of winning 75 plus seats in the 90-member assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which has joined hands with BJP for the Lok Sabha elections, declared it would go solo in the state elections if seat-sharing talks with the BJP failed. Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday set up an election manifesto committee for the polls, with Kiran Choudhry as its chairperson.
BJP Faces Cong-NCP Alliance in Maharashtra | In the last Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Congress lost its government and the BJP came into power in alliance with the Shiv Sena. This time, Congress has formed an alliance with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party. BJP had managed to decimate the Congress and Om Prakash Chautala’s INLD.
Poll Dates to be Announced by Noon | The Election Commission will announce the dates for the Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana today afternoon. The Model Code of Conduct will come into force after the announcement of dates, which means the current state governments will not be able to make any fresh announcements or roll out new schemes.