Polling for Assembly Elections for 288 seats in Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana concluded peacefully yesterday. Bye-Elections were also held in Satara and Samastipur Lok Sabha seats and 51 Assembly seats across 17 states. Over 60 per cent polling was recorded in Maharashtra while in Haryana nearly 65 per cent voters exercised their franchise. Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena told reporters in New Delhi that the voting percentage is likely to increase.
Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that the polling was by and large peaceful and smooth in both the states. He said, voting in naxal-affected areas was also peaceful.
In Maharashtra, the BJP has contested on 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies, while Sena fielded candidates on 124 seats. The Congress contested on 147 seats while its ally NCP on 121. Among other parties, BSP fielded candidates in 262 constituencies and MNS fielded 101 candidates. A total of 1400 Independents also contested.
In Haryana, total 1,169 candidates including 104 Women were in the fray. Both BJP and Congress contested on all 90 seats, while Indian National Lok Dal fielded candidates 81 seats in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal.
Preparations are now underway for counting, which will take place on Thursday. (AIR)