With voting for Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections ending, exit polls have started predicting a lead for the BJP in both states. However, the saffron party seems short of a full majority in both the states. In Maharashtra, BJP seems to be headed to gain over 125 seats, while in Harayana it could get over 35 seats. The Congress is not even the second party in both states according to the results.
During the day, Haryana registered a record 73 per cent polling. The final figure for Maharashtra is still awaited, with over 54.5 per cent polling registered till 5 pm.
Here are the highlights of polling day:
# ABS candidate Geeta Gawli’s vehicle vandalised in Byculla.
# 69.2 per cent turnout in Karad South, Prithviraj Chavan’s constituency, till 6 pm. Highest in Satara
# Meanwhile An estimated 90 per cent of 10,411 electorates including 5,063 female voters exercised their franchise in the bypoll for Kanubari constituency in Arunachal’s Longding district today.
# INLD supporters allegedly misbehave with Shakti Rani, wife of former Congress leader Venod Sharma, in Kalka.
# Stones fly as INLD and BJP supporters clash in Narwana, 4 seriously injured, taken to PGIMS, Rohtak
# Haryana heads towards biggest ever turnout. Crosses 65 per cent by 5 pm, could end at 75 per cent. Record till now was 72.65 per cent in 1967.
# 58 per cent polling recorded in Pune district till 5 pm
# Voter turnout in Mumbai suburbs 37.98 per ent till 3 pm
# Mumbai island city 38.62 per cent till 3 pm. Malabar Hill beats its low voter turnout trend with 41.05 per cent votes polled in already
# At least 60.4 per cent polling recorded in 90 constituencies of Haryana.
#Kuldeep Bishnoi, Haryana Janhit Congress chief, says “We are open to alliance with any political party, which is ready to work for Haryana’s development. We are open for any sort of alliance with anybody”, Weeks before Vidhan Sabha polls in Haryana, BJP had snapped ties with Bishnoi’s HJC and decided to contest on all 90 seats in Haryana. There are reports that Bishnoi is hobnobbing with BJP again seeking a post-poll alliance. He is also learnt to have met INLD’s top leaders exploring his future political options.
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# About 25 per cent turnout was recorded in Maharashtra while over 35 per cent voting was held in Haryana till 2 pm
# Mumbai records 23 pc turnout till 2 pm
# About 35 per cent of the 1.63 crore eligible voters exercised their franchise till 1 PM in Haryana
# Police cane charge to disperse clashing INLD, BJP workers at Booth 27 in hot seat Uchana Kalan, Jind
# BJP, INLD workers clash in Uchana Kalan, Jind
# Polling crosses 50% mark in Hisar, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra, Mewat, Yamunanagar and Sirsa
# Polling suspended in booth No. 80 in Karnal, Haryana, due technical glitch in EVM
# Congress sitting MLA Amin Patel says there is no eagerness in voters to come on their own.
# Minor clash broke out between Sena and MNS supporters in Ghatkopar, Maharashtra
# BJP leader and actress Kirron Kher casts her vote
# Approximate Voting percentages in Maharashtra till 11 am:
1-Yavatmal-16.75%, Sangli-22.39%, Aurangabad-21%, Dhule-15.34%, Buldana-9%, Mumbai City-13.6%, Gondia-20%
2- Pune-21.70%, Washim-15%, Satara-18.78%, Latur-19.43%, Beed-17.23%, Wardha-12.88%, Solapur-20.23%, Nanded-21.11%, Thane District-11.4%
3- Hingoli-21.18%, Bhandara-13.18%, Ratnagiri-24.30%, Sindhudurg-17.8%, Amrawati-16.93%, Gadchiroli-13%, Akola-14.5%,
# Haryana polling% till 12.30:
1-Palwal 36.2%, Pnchkula 27.1%, Pnipat 31%, Rwari 28.5%, Rohtak 31.5%, Sirsa 37.6%, Sonept 27.5%, Yamunangr 36.4%
2– Jhajjr 30.2%, Jind 35.5%, Kaithal 36.9%, Karnal 30.5%, Krukshtra 37.8%, Mahendragrh 30.2%, Mewat 37%
# Pune polling % till 11 am:
1– Khadkwasla-18.96%, Parvati-18.19%, Hadapsar-18.37%, Cantoment-12.93%, Kasbapeth-20.28%
2-Chinchawad-18.77%, Pimpri-12.81%, Bhosari-20.85% Vadgaonsheri-15.89%, Shivajinagar-14.49%, Kothrud-22.94%
# Polling in Haryana until 12.30 pm: Ambala 33.2%, Bhiwani 29.2%, Faridabad 25%, Fatehabad 36.1%, Gurgaon 26.1%, Hisar 31.5%
# Polling in Mewat crosses 40 per cent mark in Haryana
# Till 11 am, Mumbadevi sees lowest turnout at 5.12 pc; Malabar Hill comes as a surprise with 18.7 turnout, highest in Mumbai
# Union Minister Nitin Gadkari casts vote in Nagpur, Maharashtra
# Till 12 noon, #Kurukshetra sees 36.3% voters turnout, highest in #Haryana. Fatehabad with 18.6% polling, is lowest
# Voter turnout reaches 15.76% in Mumbai till 11 am
# Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda votes in Garhi Sampla-Kiloi, expresses confidence he will form govt for third time
# Ajit Pawar’s Constituency, Baramati, sees 26.57% till 11am
# Byculla, critical polling station in Mumbai, sees less cases of deleted voters than Lok Sabha elections. Muslims line up to get inked
# Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray cast his vote
# Maharashtra has 984 people listed as transgenders in the electoral roll, Mumbai has 208
# Registered parties other than recognised state and national parties have fielded 761 candidates in Maharashtra. There are 1699 independents also in the poll arena.
# Chinchwad in Pune district, with 4,84,080 voters, is the largest constituency, while Wadala in Mumbai, with 1,96,859 voters is the smallest.
# Former chief minister Ashok Chavan cast his vote in Nanded.
# The estimated polling in some Maharashtra districts was: Aurangabad 10 per cent, Beed 9, Solapur 8, Kolhapur 10, Hingoli 8.5, Osmanabad 9, Nashik 7, and Parbhani 7.5 per cent.
# Voter turnout recorded at less than 10% till 9 am in Mumbai
— sanghamitra mazumdar (@sanghamitra_m) October 15, 2014
# Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and his wife cast vote
# Sensitive poll booth in Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar in Maharashtra sees high voter turnout
# Polling was marred by rains in some parts of Vidarbha in Maharashtra. A policeman on election duty was killed after being struck by lightning in Avdeghat polling station of Savner constituency.
— Atikh Rashid (@taubaTOFsingh) October 15, 2014
# Voting will continue till 6 PM. Counting of votes is on October 19.
# Moderate to brisk polling recorded in the first couple of hours in Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly polls.
# Bandra RO disallows NGOs from ferrying senior citizens, says could amount to bribing voters #Mumbai #Maharashtraelections
— Atikh Rashid (@taubaTOFsingh) October 15, 2014
# Six BJP workers have been injured in a clash with INLD members in Narnaund, Haryana
# Minor incidents of clash between INLD and BJP workers were witnessed at Dighal polling booth this morning. However, both the sides were pacified with the intervention of security forces.
# Till 9 am, 7.7 polling has taken place across Haryana. There are over 1.61 crore registered voters in Haryana.# Till 9 am, Kurukshetra assembly constituency recorded 13 per cent polls, followed by Yamunanagar (10 per cent).
# Gurgaon and neighbouring assembly constituencies witnessed the lowest turnouts till 9 am.
# Several stalwarts including Geeta Bhukkal, Gopal Kanda, Ashok Tanwar, Savitri Jindal, Capt Abhimanyu, Shruti Choudhary and her mother Kiran Choudhary, Naina Chautala, her sons Digvijay and Dushyant Chautala have cast their votes till now.
# BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis says he is confident that BJP will form the majority
# Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde casts his vote in Solapur, Maharashtra
# Actor Abhishek Bachchan casts his vote, says if you want change in the society, come out and cast your vote
# NCP leader Supriya Sule casts her vote in Baramati, Maharashtra.
# Actors Rekha and Rahul Bose have been among the early voters in Mumbai.
Urging the people of Haryana & Maharashtra to go out & cast their votes. Youngsters must show the way & ensure record turnout.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 15, 2014
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