The schedule for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana has been announced at a media briefing by the Election Commission (EC) on Saturday in the national capital. The polling will take place on October 21 while counting will be done on October 24 for both states.
Single phase assembly elections will be held both Maharashtra and Haryana. The date of notification is September 27 and last date of nomination is October 4. Scrutiny shall take place on October 5 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is October 7.
Chief Election Commissioner (ECC) Sunil Arora said, “The model code of conduct (MCC) that provides a level playing field in elections comes into effect immediately with the announcement of the schedule.”
Maharshtra and Haryana are the first sets of states to contest in Assembly Elections since the Lok Sabha polls in May during which the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) under Prime Minister Narendra Modi reclaimed power with a huge majority.
BJP is the ruling party both in Maharashtra and Haryana. In Haryana, there will be direct contest between BJP and Congress. Whereas, Maharashtra will see alliances of ruling BJP-Shiv Sena contesting with Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance.
The current tenure of Haryana legislative assembly which has 70 seats will end on November 2 while Maharashtra legislative assembly which has 288 seats will end on November 9.
In Maharashtra, Congress and NCP will establish seat sharing arrangement contesting 125 seats each and leaving the rest for its smaller allies. BJP-Shiv Sena alliance are yet to announce their seat sharing arrangement. Devendra Fadnavis is leading the party’s campaign in the state, which was launched by Modi from a political rally in Nashik on Thursday.