Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly polls voting: As it happened

Voting for the Assembly polls has ended in both Maharashtra and Haryana for 288 and 90 seats, respectively. Haryana saw a record turnout of 72 percent, while more than half of Maharashtra cast their ballot.

Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly polls voting: As it happened
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7:55 pm: In the final voter turnout, Haryana saw highest-ever voting in assembly elections with 73 percent electorate cast their votes, while Maharashtra saw over 64 percent voter turnout.

6:52 pm: Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said that the voter turnout is tentative as there was voting at some booths even after 6 pm.

6: 50 pm: Election Commission informed that the turnout in Maharashtra polls is likely to increase and be around 62 percent.

6:10 pm: Voting for the Assembly elections has ended in Haryana with a highest ever turnout of 72.6 percent. Sirsa registered highest at 79.4 percent, while Faridabad lowest at 57.6 percent.

5:55 pm: Trends are clearly in favour of BJP in both Maharashtra and Haryana; these votes are against mis-governance and corruption of Congress, said JP Nadda

5:42 pm: Naxals opened fire in Ettapalli and Chamorsi in Gadchiroli ​targetting polling parties after voting got over at 3 PM. A CRPF jawan was reportedly injured in the firing.

5:38 pm: In Haryana, 68 percent voter turnout has been recorded by 5:30 PM. Reportedly 32 people were injured in the state in the incident of violence.

5:10 pm: Around 55 percent voters have cast their ballot in Maharashtra till 5 PM.

4:15 pm: In the five-cornered contest in Maharashtra over 40 percent of the electorate cast their votes by 3 PM.

3:50 pm: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan casts his vote, says if any person wants his voice to be heard he/she should exercise his right to vote. 

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3:45 pm: According to PTI, the average voter turnout in the 288 constituencies of Maharashtra, where polling is going on, was 31.99 percent till 1 pm.

3:40 pm: Officials say 56 percent of the Haryana's 1.63 crore electorate had voted by 3.30 pm. Kurukshetra, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Yamunanagar districts led with 61 to 68 percent of the votes being polled there.

3:10 pm: Haryana records 50 percent turnout till 3 pm.

2:55 pm: Commenting on the possibility of post poll alliances, NCP leader Tariq Anwar says, "There is no question of allying with BJP, we have ideological differences and have always opposed communal force.

2:45 pm: Congress leader Milind Deora casts vote in Mumbai. Hiting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi Deora says, "The way Modiji campaigned for Maharashtra Assembly polls clearly shows BJP doesn’t have regional leadership." 

2:40 pm: In Maharashtra highest voter turnout was witnessed in Kagal constituency of Kolhapur district while the lowest was at Bramhapuri constituency in Chandrapur district.

2:35 pm: Sirsa records 53 percent voting, Palwal 54 percent, Panipat 47 percent, Hisar 48 percent, Karnal 45 percent, Kurukshetra 55 percent, Rewari 45 percent.

2:30 pm: About 47 percent polling was reported from Haryana till 2:30 pm. 

2:15 pm: Maharashtra: Akola records 24 percent polling, Auranhagand 29 percent, Dhule 31 percent, Gadchiroli 45 percent, Beed 24 percent, Bhandara 22 percent, Bhuldana 25 percent, Chandrapur 29 percent.

2:00 pm: 29 percent polling recorded in Maharashtra till 1 pm. Approximately 25 percent of the 1.01 crore voters in Mumbai cast their votes till 1 PM.

1:45 pm: Despite celebrities urging people to vote in Maharashtra, the electorate turnout has been less.

1:42 pm: Voting picks up in Haryana, 40 percent recorded till 1:30 pm. Sirsa records 44 percent, Hisar 40 percent, Palwal 42 percent, Hisar 40 percent, Kaithal 44 percent , Karnal 40 percent, Rewari 37 percent, Panipat 39 percent.

1:25 pm: Kirron Kher says people who do not cast their votes have no right to question the government in power. "Modi ji's wave was there, is still there and will always be there as he is an honest and hardworking PM," Kirron added.

1:20 pm: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher and his wife Kirron Kher cast vote. Anupam Kher appeals to people of Maharashtra and Haryana to come out in large numbers to exercise thier vote. 

1:15 pm: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan casts his vote in Mumbai.

1:00 pm: Scuffle between INLD, BJP workers in Modia Khera village in Sirsa district of Haryana. One person sustained serious injuries and has been rushed to a hospital.

12:50 pm: Clashes between INLD members and workers of Gopal Kanda's HLP Party. Kanda's car damaged.

12:40 pm: Voting picks up in Haryana, 32 percent voter turnout recorded till 12:30 pm.

12:30 pm: Shiv Sena and MNS workers clash in Vikroli.

12:25 pm: NCP leader Praful Patel casts his vote in Gondia, Maharashtra.

12:20 pm: RPI chief Ramdas Athawale expresses hope of BJP and Shiv Sena coming together after polls for the sake of Maharashtra.

12:15 pm: Till 12 noon Sirsa records 33 percent voting, Palwal 31 percent, Panipat 28 percent, Karnal 30 percent, Kurukshetra 37 percent, Rewari 28 percent, Panchulkula 21 percent, Hisar 32 percent.

12:00: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda casts his vote in Rohtak. Sounding confident Hooda says Congress is will form government in Haryana for third time. "It is a fight between INLD and BJP as to which party comes second," Hooda ​added.

11:55 am: "People want change, and they have hope that BJP government will take Maharashtra forward and bring the state back to first place from sixth place," BJP leader Nitin Gadkari says.

11:44 pm: While 15 percent turnout has been recorded in Maharashtra, 25 percent electorates have cast their votes in first four hours in Haryana.

11:32 am: I am sure the turnout will increase and people of Maharashtra will vote for the leaders they trust, says Uddhav after casting his vote.​​

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11:30 am: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray casts his vote, along with his wife and son Aditya. 

11:05 am: Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar districts in Haryana lead in polling with nearly 20 percent and 17 percent voting.

11:00 am: INLD leader Abhay Chautala casts his vote in Dabwali, Sirsa district of Haryana

10:55 am: Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari casts his vote in Nagpur.

10:50 am: 14.8 percent voter turnout recorded in Haryana till 10:30 am. Maharashtra records 10 percent.

10:44 am: Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh says Haryana should have a non-Jat CM.

10:30 am: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote, urges people to come out and exercise their right to vote.

10:25 am: Till 9 am Mumbai records 7 percent voter turnout.

10:22 am: Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan addresses media says, “I am confident that people will vote for Congress in these elections for the work done in last 15 years.”

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10:19 am: In first few hours, Maharashtra's Bhandara districts records 5% voting, Pune 8%, Vardha 3%, Gondia 4%, Sangli 8%, Aurangabad 10% and Usmanabad 8.5%.

10:15 am: I&N Minister Javadekar says people are voting for good governance and decisive government which Modi ji has offered. He expresses confidence in BJP winning a majority in Maharashtra.

10:10 am: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar casts his vote in Pune.

10:07 am: Congress Ashok Chavan leader casts his vote in Nanded, Maharashtra.

10:04 am: Industrialist Anil Ambani casts his vote in Mumbai.

10:00 am: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar casts his vote in Mumbai.

9:57 am: INLD and BJP supporters clash at a polling station in Baansgaon of Narnaund Assembly constituency in Hisar district.​ BJP candidate Abhimanyu alleges that INLD workers captured the polling booth and stopped the webcast from there.

9:55 am: Till 9:30 am Haryana's Karnal district recorded 5.8% voting, Rohtak 7%, Sonepat 5%, Panipat 6%, Mewat 5%, Kurukshetra 12% and Jhajjar 4%.

9:52 am: Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan casts his vote in Nanded district.

9:48 am: In first few hours of polling 10 percent voting recorded from Haryana and 6 percent from Maharashtra.

9:35 am: BJP leader Captain Abhimanyu casts his vote in Khanda Kheri in Hisar district of Haryana.

9:30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people of Maharashtra and Haryana to cast their vote.

 

9:25 am: Former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde casts his vote in Solapur, Maharashtra

9:17 am: People of Sirsa district in Haryana come out in large numbers to vote.

9:00 am: BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain ‏requests people of Haryana and Maharashtra to come out and vote in large numbers. He also appealed the electorates to vote for development and good governance.

8:55 am: People come out in large numbers to vote in Haryana's Hisar district.

8:50 am: Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan casts his vote in Mumbai, appeals people to exercise their right to vote.

8:48 am: Supriya Sule appeals to people to cast their votes for a stable government. 

8:46 am: NCP leader Supriya Sule along with her family casts vote in Baramati, Maharashtra.

8:42 am: Congress leader Kripashankar Singh casts his vote in Mumbai.

8:40 am: Criticising Shiv Sena for comments on PM Modi, Fadnavis says people of Maharashtra will give a befitting reply to Sena.

8:38 am: Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis​ expresses confidence says his party will form next government in the state.

8:35 am: NCP chief Sharwad Pawar arrives in Mumbai to cast his vote.

8:29 am: Late Gopinate Munde's daughter and BJP leader Pankaja Munde casts her vote in Beed district of Maharashtra.

8:27 am: Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Vinod Tawde and his family cast their vote in Mumbai.

8:20 am: Brisk polling under way across Maharashtra, with people queuing at many polling stations.

8:15 am: Senior leader Ajit Pawar casts his vote in Baramati, Maharashtra. 

8:12 am: Bollywood actress Rekha casts her vote in Mumbai. 

8:10 am: Zee Media chairman Subhash Chandra casts his vote in Hisar says, "My aim is to help BJP win in Haryana for which I have campaigned extensively in the state."

8:02 am: Hooda downplays Modi wave in Haryana, says issues in Lok Sabha polls are different from that of Assembly polls.

8:01 am: Hooda appeals to people to vote in large numbers to form a stable government.

8:00 am: Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda addresses media, says he is confident of Congress winning a third time in the northern state.

7:40 am: Polling briefly suspended at two polling stations in Nagpur and one in Nashik owing to a technical glitch. The details are not known.

7:00 am: Voting has begun in Maharashtra and Haryana for the high-stakes Assembly elections in both the states. The elections are being seen as the first major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity after the Lok Sabha polls.

6:40 am: Voters could be seen queued up at some polling stations even before the official start time of 7 am.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for BJP coming to power on its own in both the states.

This is also the first elections in Maharashtra after established political formations - Shiv Sena-BJP and Cong-NCP - crumbled and the parties are contesting alone after 15 years.

Congress and NCP had ruled the state for 15 continuous years from 1999.

In Haryana too, the BJP junked its allies and pumped for majority on its own to dislodge Congress that had been ruling the state for the last 10 years.

The polling will continue till 6 pm.

Counting of votes will be held on October 19.

The high stakes in the elections could be seen from the fact that Modi addressed 38 rallies in a period of 10 days in both the states in a campaign that virtually became Modi versus the rest.

The Congress campaign in both the states was spearheaded by party president Sonia Gandhi while for the NCP it was Sharad Pawar and for Shiv Sena it was father-son combination of Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya.

The strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 288.

An electorate of about 8.25 crore will choose from 4,119 candidates in the fray, including 1,699 Independents.

While Congress has fielded the largest number of 287 candidates, BJP 280 (including 23 of allies contesting on BJP symbol), Shiv Sena 282, NCP 278 and MNS 219.

With long-standing political alliances crumbling, the poll will test the mettle of four major parties--Congress, NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena individually, with Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena trying to emerge as the X factor in the keenly watched contest. The Congress-NCP combine has been ruling the state for 15 years.

In Haryana, about 1.63 crore voters, including 87.37 lakh women are eligible to vote at 16,357 polling stations to decide the fate of 1,351 candidates, including 109 women.

In Haryana, the INLD campaign was led by former CM and party supremo Om Parkash Chautala, who was out on bail on health grounds after being imprisoned in Tihar Jail at New Delhi in the teachers recruitment scam.

Chautala's outing was cut short after the CBI approached the Delhi High Court, saying that the INLD chief was violating the bail terms by addressing election meetings.

The INLD leader was asked to surrender before the Tihar Jail authorities and he was back in prison on Saturday evening.

The campaign in Haryana saw the PM Modi targeting Congress exploiting the controversy surrounding the land deals involving Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, saying it symbolised the corruption of 10 years of Congress regime. He sought a majority for BJP, saying a hung Assembly will serve no one's interest.

The top guns battling it out in Haryana include the kin of the three famous 'Lals'.

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