Exit polls predicted an easy victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in Maharashtra and Haryana on Monday. Chief ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Lal Khattar look set to come back to power for a second straight term. Almost every exit poll predicted more than 200 seats for the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Maharashtra.
Voting in 288 Assembly constituencies in Maharashtra, 90 Assembly seats in Haryana, and bye-polls to two Lok Sabha constituencies and 51 Assembly seats across 17 states ended around 6 pm. The results will be announced on October 24.
Here are the election-related updates:
10.28 pm: The bye-election in Nanguneri became necessary after Vasanthakumar resigned following his election to Parliament. A court released the MP on bail. “There is no explanation for why I have been brought to the police station,” The News Minute quoted Vasanthakumar as saying. “If they are treating an MP like this, it means they are insulting Parliament itself.”
10.27 pm: Congress MP from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, H Vasanthakumar, was arrested earlier in the day for staying in Nanguneri Assembly constituency in the district in alleged violation of poll code rules, reports PTI.
10.04 pm: In Maharashtra, a teacher died of heart attack earlier in the day while performing election duties in Kolhapur’s Karvir constituency, reports ANI. She was identified as Sarjerao Bhosale.
9.51 pm: Clashes between Congress and BJP workers reported earlier in the day at an election booth in Kaithal, Haryana, reports ANI. A man was injured in the incident. Hansi Superintendent of Police Virendra Vij says police had to use “a little force” to tackle the situations and disperse the crowd.
9.15 pm: AIMIM leader from Aurangabad Imtiyaz Jaleel tells ANI he had gone to the Kat Kat Gate area in Aurangabad to speak to party workers. He alleges NCP members attacked AIMIM workers and calls for action.
9.05 pm: Nationalist Congress Party and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen workers clashed in Kat Kat Gate locality of Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city, reports ANI. “After voting concluded, clash erupted between workers of two parties. Situation is under control,” says an unidentified police official.
9 pm: As of 6 pm, voter turnout in Gurugram, Haryana, was an abysmal 52.33%, according to the Election Commission.
8.39 pm: “Mumbai city and suburbs recorded 44.74% turnout by 5 pm,” an Election Commission official tells PTI. “The final voting percentage would, however, go up by at least 9% as long queues were observed outside many polling booths even after the expiry of the official deadline for voting [6 pm].”
8.33 pm: Election officials in Puducherry seal EVMs after voting for Kamaraj Nagar Assembly bye-elections get over, reports ANI.
7.43 pm: The voting percentage in Haryana was 63.55%, and Maharashtra was 56.65%, according to the Election Commission’s latest report.
7.29 pm: Exit poll numbers for the BJP-Shiva Sena, and the Congress-NCP alliances.
7.17 pm: The exit poll figures in Haryana:
7.10 pm: The exit poll numbers in Maharashtra:
7.02 pm: An average of six polls in Maharashtra predicts the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will win 213 seats, while the Congress-NCP may secure 61 seats. Other parties, including the AIMIM and VBA are expected to win 14 seats.
7.00 pm: In Haryana, Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party is expected to secure five to nine seats, and the Indian National Lok Dal may secure 1 seat. Other parties are likely to win seven to nine seats, according to the Republic-Jan ki Baat exit poll.
6.56 pm: According to The Republic-Jan ki Baat exit poll, BJP is likely to win 52 to 63 seats in Haryana, and 15 to 19 seats may go to the Congress.
6.54 pm: The ABP News exit poll projects 204 seats for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, and 69 seats for the NCP-Congress coalition. Other parties, including Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, are likely to secure 15 seats.
6.52 pm: Out of 288 seats in Maharashtra, the BJP-Shiv Sena is expected to win 230 seats, and Congress-NCP may secure 48 seats, predicts Times Now exit poll.
6.47 pm: The India Today- Axis My Poll predicts that the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition may win 166 to 194 seats in Maharashtra, while the Congress-NCP alliance is likely to secure 22 to 34 seats.
6.45 pm: Out of 90 seats in Haryana, the BJP is projected to win 75, and the Congress may secure 10 seats, according to the News18-IPSOS exit poll.
6.41 pm: The News18-IPSOS exit poll predicts that the BJP and Shiv Sena coalition will secure 243 seats out of 288, Congress will win 41 seats.
6.37 pm: According to the News18-IPSOS exit poll, in Maharashtra, the BJP will get 141 seats in Shiv Sena-102, Congress-17, NCP-22.
6.10 pm: The voting percentage at 6 pm, according to the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app, is as follows:
- Haryana: 61.72%
- Maharashtra: 55.37%
- Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh: 90.74%
- Karimganj, Assam: 74.31%
- Barpeta, Assam: 78.21%
- Sonitpur, Assam: 77.50%
- Charaideo, Assam: 66.40%
- Kishanganj, Bihar: 59.18%
- Saharsa, Bihar: 51.76%
- Siwan, Bihar: 41%
- Bhagalpur, Bihar: 43.20%
- Banka, Bihar: 53.40%
- Banaskantha, Gujarat: 65.47%
- Patan, Gujarat: 59.87%
- Mahesana, Gujarat: 42.81%
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat: 31.53%
- Arvalli, Gujarat: 57.81%
- Mahisagar, Gujarat: 47.54%
- Kangra, Himachal Pradesh: 64.63%
- Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh: 71.64%
- Kasaragod, Kerala: 66.23%
- Ernakulam, Kerala: 53.55%
- Alappuzha, Kerala: 75.76%
- Pathanamthitta, Kerala: 66.37%
- Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: 60.81%
- Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh: 56.62%
- East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya: 79.83%
- Bargarh, Odisha: 72%
- Kapurthala, Punjab: 49.96%
- Hoshiarpur, Punjab: 57.28%
- Ludhiana, Punjab: 64.35%
- Fazilka, Punjab: 70%
- Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan: 68.53%
- Nagaur, Rajasthan: 60.36%
- South District, Sikkim: 79.36%
- East District, Sikkim: 64.18%
- Villupuram, Tamil Nadu: 76.41%
- Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu: 62.32%
- Saharanpur, UP: 57.80%
- Aligarh, UP: 33.20%
- Rampur, UP: 39.31%
- Kanpur Nagar, UP: 31.10%
- Pratapgarh, UP: 44%
- Chitrakoot, UP: 50.27%
- Mau, UP: 50.10%
- Lucknow, UP: 28.53%
- Baharaich, UP: 49%
- Barabanki, UP: 56%
- Ambedkar Nagar, UP: 55.66%
- Bastar, Chhattisgarh: 74.39%
- Suryapet, Telangana: 82.23%
- Pondicherry, Puducherry: 66.95%
5.55 pm: There has been a stone pelting incident at Kaithal in Haryana, The Indian Express reports. The police have resorted to baton charge to control the crowd.
5.11 pm: Polling booths in Kalyan West near Mumbai suffer electricity problems and glitches a number of times, The Indian Express reports. EVMs have been replaced.
5.09 pm: Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader Sunil Khambe has been held for throwing ink on an EVM, The Indian Express reports. He has been taken to the Thane Nagar Police Station.
4.10 pm: BJP and Congress supporters indulged in stone-pelting outside a polling booth in Haryana’s Nuh in the morning. The police say the scuffle took place outside the booth and did not impact voting, The Indian Express reports.
4.03 pm: Actor Shah Rukh Khan and producer Gauri Khan also cast their vote in Mumbai, News18 reports.
4 pm: Actors Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan cast their vote in Mumbai, ANI reports.
3.55 pm: 36.97% voting has been recorded in Mumbai suburban constituency till 3.55 pm. In Mumbai city, the poll percentage is 34.82%. In Pune, it is 41.01%.
3.54 pm: At this time, the estimated poll percentages for various Assembly and bye-poll elections are as follows:
- Haryana: 50.59%
- Maharashtra: 43.55%
Lok Sabha bye-polls
- Samastipur, Bihar: 37.16%
- Assembly bye-polls
- Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh: 89.27%
- Karimganj, Assam: 64.21%
- Barpeta, Assam: 65.17%
- Sonitpur, Assam: 69.80%
- Charaideo, Assam: 56.10%
- Kishanganj, Bihar: 47%
- Saharsa, Bihar: 48.75%
- Siwan, Bihar: 33.90%
- Bhagalpur, Bihar: 34.70%
- Banka, Bihar: 45.33%
- Banaskantha, Gujarat: 51.79%
- Patan, Gujarat: 48.08%
- Mahesana, Gujarat: 32.42%
- Ahmedabad, Gujarat: 25.81%
- Arvalli, Gujarat: 47.32%
- Mahisagar, Gujarat: 38.23%
- Kangra, Himachal Pradesh: 52.18%
- Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh: 59.39%
- Kasaragod, Kerala: 50.19%
- Ernakulam, Kerala: 40.30%
- Alappuzha, Kerala: 61.47%
- Pathanamthitta, Kerala: 52.87%
- Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: 51.40%
- Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh: 56.62%
- East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya: 64.13%
- Bargarh, Odisha: 56.50%
- Kapurthala, Punjab: 38.16%
- Hoshiarpur, Punjab: 48.11%
- Ludhiana, Punjab: 50.80%
- Fazilka, Punjab: 57%
- Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan: 55.66%
- Nagaur, Rajasthan: 49.95%
- South District, Sikkim: 72.18%
- East District, Sikkim: 56.43%
- Villupuram, Tamil Nadu: 65.79%
- Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu: 52.18%
- Saharanpur, UP: 50.50%
- Aligarh, UP: 24%
- Rampur, UP: 32.70%
- Kanpur Nagar, UP: 24%
- Pratapgarh, UP: 32.50%
- Chitrakoot, UP: 43.47%
- Mau, UP: 44.44%
- Lucknow, UP: 21.85%
- Baharaich, UP: 40%
- Barabanki, UP: 45%
- Ambedkar Nagar, UP: 46.86%
- Bastar, Chhattisgarh: 64.14%
- Suryapet, Telangana: 69.95%
- Pondicherry, Puducherry: 56.16%
3.25 pm: Sushma Satpute, the election officer at Worli constituency in Mumbai says there was some problem with an electronic voting machine in booth number 62, and the machine has been replaced, ANI reports.
2.28 pm: Police say a candidate of pro-farmer outfit Swabhimani Paksha was allegedly shot at and thrashed by three men in Maharashtra’s Amravati district, reports PTI.
2.10 pm: Maharashtra recorded a voter turnout of 30.67% till 2 pm, and Haryana recorded 37.12%, according to the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout mobile application.
12.05 pm: A 100-year-old woman casts her vote in Barpali, Odisha.
11.55 am: As of 11 am, here are the estimated poll percentages for various Assembly and bye-poll elections according to the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout mobile application:
- Haryana: 22.51%
- Maharashtra: 15.51%
Lok Sabha bye-polls
- Samastipur, Bihar: 17.01%
- Satara, Maharashtra: 19.13%
11.43 am: Veteran actor Prem Chopra and lyricist Gulzar cast their votes in Bandra (West).
11.35 am: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his family cast their votes in Mumbai’s Bandra East.
11.20 am: Supporters of senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Sanghi, Haryana.
11 am: As of 10 am, 11.32% of the electorate had turned up to cast their votes in Haryana, while 6.19% had turned up in Maharashtra, according to the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout application.
10.50 am: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar claims the opposition has already lost and left the battleground, ANI reports. After casting his vote in Karnal, the BJP leader says the Opposition’s “tall claims have no value”.
10.42 am: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his wife Amruta Fadnavis and mother Sarita Fadnavis cast their votes at a polling booth in Nagpur, ANI reports.
10.25 am: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rides a bicycle to the polling booth in Karnal, ANI reports. He took a train from Chandigarh to his hometown in the morning.
10.15 am: More visuals of actors and politicians casting their votes in the morning.
10.05 am: After two hours of polling, the voting percentage is 7.44% in Haryana, PTI reports. As many as 1,169 candidates are in the fray.
10 am: Polling may be disrupted in parts of Maharashtra due to rain. Some areas in south Konkan Maharashtra, western and south central parts, and Latur and Osmanabad districts witness light drizzle, PTI reports. Mumbai and its suburbs also faced overcast skies.
The India Meteorological Department predicted thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Beed and Osmanabad districts on Monday.
9.45 am: As of 9 am, the voting percentage in Mumbai city’s 10 constituencies is 5%, ANI reports.
9.30 am: Jannayak Janata Party leader Dushyant Chautala arrives on a tractor to cast their votes in Sirsa, Haryana.
8.45 am: Here are some visuals of actors and politicians casting their votes in the two Assembly elections:
8.30 am: Voting is underway in Balali village in Charkhi Dadri constituency of Haryana. Wrestler Babita Phogat is the BJP’s candidate from this area.
8.20 am: Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda claims the Jannayak Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal are not factors in Haryana and only the BJP and the Congress are.
8.10 am: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote in Nagpur. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Ribeiro and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar are among other early voters.
7.55 am: In Haryana, the BJP is locked in a tight contest with the Opposition Congress and the Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party for 90 Assembly seats. The state has over 1.83 crore voters, including 85 lakh women and 252 transgenders, and 19,578 polling stations have been set up.
7.45 am: In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena is contesting 124 of the 288 Assembly seats while the saffron party and other allies are contesting the rest. The Congress is contesting 146 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party on 117 seats. There are 3,237 candidates in the fray from among a host of different parties, and eight crore people are eligible to vote in the polls.
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7.30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges those eligible to turn up and vote in “record” numbers. “Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies,” the prime minister tweets. “There are also bye-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.”
7.20 am: The voting will be held till 6 pm. The results will be announced on Thursday.
7.10 am: Tight security arrangements are in place, with more than three lakh personnel from state police and central forces deployed in Maharashtra. Over 75,000 security personnel have been mobilised for polls in Haryana.
7.05 am: Uttar Pradesh will have bye-polls for 11 seats, followed by six in Gujarat, five each in Bihar and Kerala, four each in Assam and Punjab, three in Sikkim, two each in Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana, PTI reports.
Thirty of these 51 seats are currently held by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, 12 by the Congress, and the rest by regional parties.
7 am: After a high-pitched electoral campaign by political parties, voting to 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra, 90 Assembly seats in Haryana, and bye-polls to two Lok Sabha constituencies and 51 Assembly seats spread across 17 states begins.
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