Voting concludes in Maha, Haryana

Although the numbers varied, most exit polls (Times Now, News18, CNN, NDTV) predicted a saffron victory for the polling that went on Monday, 21st October. Counting of votes in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections will be taken up on October 24 and is scheduled to be concluded the same day.

Polling was held from 7am to 6pm. Tight security arrangements were made with deployment of more than three lakh personnel from state police and central forces in Maharashtra. In Haryana, 75,000 security personnel have been mobilised.

According to a News 18 article, 19,425 polling stations were setup in Haryana across the 90 assembly seats, which is 19.6 per cent more than the 16,244 stations from 2014. In Maharashtra, 95,473 polling booths were set up across 288 assembly constituencies, 6.6 per cent more than the 90,403 booths in the previous elections.

EVM glitches were reported in Gurugram (previously called Gurgaon) as well as Maharashtra. The Congress approached the Election Commission (EC) with over 180 complaints for the same.

The exit polls were almost unanimous in predicting BJP’s win.

Voter Turnout

As per India Today polls, the voter final voter turnout stood at 60.46 per cent in Maharashtra. This was 3 per cent lower than the of 63.13 per cent voter turnout of 2014.

Karvir assembly constituency in Kolhapur registered the highest voter turnout at 83.20 per cent despite surviving massive floods months ago. The highest voter turnout in Kolhapur came from the flood-affected regions. Accordingly, Shahuwadi registered 80.19 per cent turnout, Kagal (80.13 per cent) and Radhanagari (75.59 per cent), while Shirala constituency in neighbouring Sangli district witnessed 76.78 per cent voter turnout.

The lowest voter turnout came from the urban areas of the state. Colaba, South Mumbai registered the lowest voter turnout at 40.20 per cent. Moreover, Versova seat in Suburban Mumbai witnessed a depressing rate of 42.66 voting percentage. Even the outskirts of Mumbai came out with percentages like 41.93 per cent for Kalyan west, 42.43 per cent for Ambernath and 41.20 percent for Ulhasnagar. Mumbai’s overall turnout was 46.93 per cent.

Pune Cantonment seat gave a voter turnout at 42.68 per cent.

Despite the large number of Bollywood actors voting this year, the voting percentage in the Bandra West constituency saw a downfall in polling from 50.65 per cent in 2014, to 43.76 per cent in 2019.

 

 

According to the Election Commission of India, Haryana recorded a 65% voter turnout.  Contrasting to that, the urban  Gurugram had a poor turn out of just 51.20%. In Haryana, it predicted that the BJP is likely to win 66 of 90 seats while the Congress scores 14.

 

FIGHTING THE MAHA BATTLE

The main contest, this year, is between the ‘Mahayuti‘ or Shiv Sena and BJP alliance, and the ‘Maha-aghadi‘ (front), the partnership between Congress and NCP.

In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 122 seats, and its coalition partner Shiv Sena won 63.

This year, the BJP has fielded its nominees in 164 Assembly seats, including candidates of smaller allies, while the Sena is contesting 124 seats. Meanwhile, the Opposition Congress has fielded 147 candidates and its ally NCP 121.

Aaditya Thackeray, the son of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is contesting from Worli constituency in Mumbai. Thackeray is the first member from his family to make a debut in electoral politics.

Among other parties, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Raj Thackeray, has fielded 101 candidates, the CPI 16, the CPM 8. The BSP has fielded candidates in 262 constituencies. A total of 1400 Independents are also in the poll arena.

HARYANA EXIT POLLS PREDICTION

As per India Today’s poll of polls, made by five exit polls–Times Now, Republic TV, ABP News, TV9 Bharatvarsh and News18 – it is good news for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana. The exit polls predicts the BJP to win 69 seats in the 90-memeber Haryana legislative assembly.The Congress is projected to win just 11 seats in Haryana, while Others may end up winning 10 seats. Manohar Lal Khattar will become the first BJP chief minister in Haryana to be in power for consecutive terms. In 2014, the BJP won 47 seats in the 90 member assembly, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) won 19 seats, the Congress won 15 seats while others won 9 seats.

Paddy and festival season in Haryana lessened the voter turnout by 8%. Jumaro Kumari from Shiv Colony said “This is the most crucial time for a farmer. Voting comes secondary to us.”

 

-Tanishka Sodhi and Vallari Sanzgiri