Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly Elections 2019 Live: Voting Underway
Nitin Gadkari Votes, Predicts 'Record-Breaking' Win For BJP-Shiv Sena
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday expressed confidence that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will form the next government in Maharashtra with a "record- breaking victory".
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.
He also urged people to come out to vote and strengthen the democracy, and said NOTA (none of the above) was not a good option in democracy.
Besides Gadkari, NCP MP Supriya Sule and her mother Pratibha Pawar were also among the early voters, who exercised their democratic right at Baramati in Pune.
"The Congress-NCP alliance will form the next government," claimed Sule, who is the daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Former state deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who is the nephew of the NCP chief, also voted in Baramati.
He is the NCP's nominee from Baramati Assembly seat.
The early voters also included Union minister Raosaheb Danve, who exercised his franchise at Bhokardan in Jalna.
Udayanraje Bhosale, who quit the NCP and is the BJP's nominee for the bypoll to Satara Lok Sabha in the state, voted in Satara.
Former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde cast his vote in Solapur, where his daughter Praniti Shinde is seeking a third term as MLA.
Former chief minister Ashok Chavan and his family members cast their votes at a school in Nanded.
Chavan is the Congress' nominee from Bhokar in Nanded.
In Mumbai, where it has been drizzling since last two days, state school education minister Ashish Shelar exercised his franchise at a school in suburban Bandra.
Shelar is the BJP's candidate from Bandra-West seat.
Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde cast his vote in Aurangabad district.
State Housing Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and his family members cast their votes at Shirdi in Ahmednagar.
Former cricketer Sandeep Patil, who was also among the early voters at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, said more than the party, the merit of an individual candidate was important.
"We should vote for candidates who work for their constituencies," he said.
PM Modi Urges Voters To Turnout In Record Numbers
As polling is underway in Maharashtra and Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to come out in large numbers to cast vote and enrich the "festival of democracy".
Besides the two states, assembly bypolls are underway in 51 seats and Lok Sabha by-elections in two constituencies across India.
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
It is usual for him to use the social media to urge voters to cast their vote on election days.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has also appealed to voters to turnout in record numbers. "I appeal that all of you must participate in the festival of democracy and exercise your right to franchise in great numbers," he said. Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda too appealed to voters to come out in large numbers to ensure a record turnout.
Why The 'Narendra + Devendra' Formula Has Been Potent
Maharashtra, which has been a Congress citadel since the state's formation in 1960, is now clearly becoming a saffron fortress, writes Amitabh Tiwari.
- Like in other states, Bharatiya Janata Party successfully followed a strategy of not focusing on the dominant caste, consolidating all the other caste groups.
- That forces the dominant caste to make amends. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 56 percent of Marathas voted for the National Democratic Alliance.
- Across all the six regions of Maharashtra, NDA now enjoys a handsome lead versus UPA.
Polling Begins For Maharashtra Elections
Polling began on Monday morning in all 288 Assembly constituencies of Maharashtra where 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are in the fray.
The voting commenced at 7 am and will end at 6 pm.
The election campaign, which ended on Saturday evening, was dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party's aggressive narrative of the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir.
Polling Begins In 90 Assembly Constituencies In Haryana
Polling began today morning at 7 a.m. in 90 assembly constituencies in Haryana. It will continue till 6 p.m., officials said.
Tight security arrangements have been made and over 75,000 security personnel have been mobilised for the polls, DGP Manoj Yadava said earlier.
As many as 1,169 candidates including 105 women of various political outfits are contesting the election. Over 1.83 crore voters are eligible to vote that includes 85 lakh women, over one lakh service voters and 252 transgenders.
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