BJP is seeking return while Congress is still battling the aftermath of Lok Sabha Election
The people of Maharashtra and Haryana have started voting early morning for the Assembly polls. BJP is seeking a return of power in both the states while Congress has still not recovered from its dismal performance in Lok Sabha Elections in April-May. Congress is battling defections, rebellions by leaders and factionalism in both states.
BJP is continuing its alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra despite the seesaw relationship between them. Congress along with its ally NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, is struggling in the 288 assembly seats state.
Bypolls are being held on 53 seats in 17 states along with Assembly elections 2019 in Maharashtra and Haryana
By-elections are being held on 53 seats across 17 states and one Union Territory. Bypolls on 11 seats in UP will be a watch after a fusion between Samajwadi and Bahujan Samaj Party.
BJP is contesting on 150 seats and the Shiv Sena is contesting on 124 seats while rest is distributed to smaller parties for NDA in Maharashtra election. Congress is contesting 146 seats, NCP on 117 seats. Currently, BJP and its allies hold 217 seats and Congress with its allies have 56 seats.
BJP is up against Congress and the fledging Jannayak Janta Party for the 90 assembly seats. CM Manohar Lal Khattar has a target of 75 seats out of 90. Last time BJP won 48 and Congress emerged victorious on only 17 seats.
Prime Minister urged voters to turn out in record number
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to come out in big numbers for the election via twitter. He tweeted “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 turn out in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers.”
The results will be declared on Thursday.