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Maharashtra, Haryana election dates 2019 updates: Congress-NCP campaign to focus on farm crisis, economic slowdown, says Nawab Malik
  • 16:59 (IST)

    Congress-NCP campaign to focus on farm crisis, economic slowdown, says Nawab Malik

    The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will highlight issues like farm crisis, economic slowdown and unemployment in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.

    "Unemployment is on the rise, the problem of economic slowdown has deepened and the number of farmers' suicides has gone up. The people are waiting for the change of guard, which is bound to happen," PTI quoted Nawab as saying.

    Former chief minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said the Congress would take on the saffron parties on these issues as well as on "the attempts to dismantle Opposition parties."

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Maharashtra and Haryana governments helped reaching 'new heights of development': Amit Shah

    Exuding confidence in both Maharashtra and Haryana governments, Home Minister Amit Shah said that they have helped the states in reaching "new heights of development and good governance".

    "I call upon the workers of these states to bring the achievements of their governments to the people and form our governments again with a strong majority," said Shah. 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    BJP's election campaign in Haryana, Maharashtra to focus on Article 370: Kapil Sibal slams saffron party for economic slowdown

    The Bharatiya Janata Party's election campaign in the states of Haryana and Maharashtra would centre around its move to revoke Article 370 as the party has no achievements to show in the face of rampant unemployment and economic slowdown, said Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

    "It is understandable that the BJP would talk about Article 370 during the campaign while ignoring the real problems such as unemployment, or the state of the economy today," ANI quoted Sibal as saying. "Economic slowdown is the biggest concern, and the state of the economy is the result of a series of poor decisions by the government. A common man does not have money in his pocket today," the Congress leader added.

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Shiv Sena and BJP confident to win second consecutive term in Maharashtra

    Leaders of the Shiv Sena and the BJP on Saturday exuded confidence of winning a second consecutive term in Maharashtra, hours after the Election
    Commission announced the poll schedule.
     
    "The Yuti (alliance) will burst crackers a day before Diwali (due later in October). Our preparations are complete," Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut told reporters in Mumbai.
     
    Senior BJP leader Vinod Tawade said a BJP-led alliance government under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will emerge victorious once again.
     
    "In the next one month, we will ensure the report card of our development work of the last five years reaches the people as against the erstwhile 15-year rule of the Congress-NCP combine. That's what we intend to do in the next five years," said the School Education Minister.
     
    PTI

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Take a look at Assembly polls schedule for Maharashtra and Haryana: 

    The Election Commission on Saturday announced a single-phase poll for both Maharashtra and Haryana which will be held on 21 October. Counting of votes will be taken up on 24 October.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Shiv Sena, BJP to announce seat-sharing formula for Maharashtra Assembly polls by 22 Sep: Uddhav Thackeray

    Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said Maharashtra Assembly elections will be contested by the BJP and the Shiv Sena jointly and an announcement on the seat sharing formula will be made by Sunday (22 September).

    Talking to reporters after a meeting with senior party leaders ahead of the Assembly polls slated in 21 October, the Sena chief said the "formula" was decided during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, where the two parties had a pre-poll alliance.

  • 13:00 (IST)

    First Assembly election under Narendra Modi-led BJP govt in Maharashtra

    The 2019 Assembly polls in Maharashtra will be the first Assembly election under the Narendra Modi government and also first after the April-May Lok Sabha polls, which handed a massive mandate to the BJP government.
     
    The saffron state in the state, led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, is looking to better its 2014 tally of 122 seats in the 288-member House.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Polling in both states on 21 October in single phase

    For both Maharashtra and Haryana, the notification will be issued on 27 September. The polling for all 378 seats will be held in a single phase on 21 October and the counting of votes will take place three days later on 24 October. 

  • 12:42 (IST)

    By-election to 64 constituencies on 21 October

    Chief Election Commissioner also announced the by-election dates for 64 constituencies across Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. The election will be held on 21 October and counting of votes will take place on 24 October. 

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Gadchiroli and Gondia to have special security: CEC Sunil Arora 

    Election Commission announced that special security arrangements will be made in Left wing extremism-affected areas of Maharashtra's Gadchiroli and Gondia.

  • 12:32 (IST)

    Election Commission rules out polling in Maharashtra in two phases

    CEC Sunil Arora said that Assembly election in both Maharashtra and Haryana will be held in a single phase.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    CEC Sunil Arora announces schedule of Assembly polls for both Maharashtra and Haryana:

    Issue of notification for both states - 27 September
    Last date of filing nomination - 4 October
    Scrutiny of nomination - 5 October
    Last date of withdrawal of candidature - 7 October
    Date of polling - 21 October
    Counting of votes - 24 October

  • 12:21 (IST)

    CEC rules out usage of plastic during election campaigns, stresses on eco-friendly materials

    "Election campaigns impose an environmental cost upon us. We appeal to political parties to avoid use of plastic and use only environment-friendly material in their campaigns," said CEC Sunil Arora. 

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Adequate deployment of central armed forces in Maharashtra: CEC Sunil Arora 

    General police forces will be deployed in both the states with adequate deployment of central armed forces in Maharashtra, said CEC Sunil Arora during press conferenve of the election body. 

  • 12:15 (IST)

    CEC Sunil Arora announces the number of registered voters in two states

    Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters and Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters, CEC Sunil Arora said. 

  • 12:13 (IST)

    New insights and learnings in every election: CEC Sunil Arora 

    Addressing the media, CEC Sunil Arora said, "Every new election, there are new insights and learnings for the future."

    The election body will shortly announce the dates of state Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana.

  • 12:09 (IST)

    90 seats in Haryana, 288 in Maharashtra at stake 

    During the Election Commission briefing, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that 90 seats of Haryana and 288 of Maharashtra will go to polls this year.

  • 12:03 (IST)

    EC briefing on Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls date announcement begins

     

  • 11:55 (IST)

    RECAP | Narendra Modi launched BJP's poll campaign for Haryana Assembly polls with rally in Rohtak 

    Earlier in September, Narendra Modi launched BJP's poll campaign in Haryana with the Vijay Sankalp rally in Rohtak. The gathering was the culmination of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's Jan Ashirwad Yatra, which began in Kalka in August.

    The BJP chose to hold the rally in Rohtak, which is considered to be the bastion of veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

    After the address, the prime minister laid the foundation stone for several development projects, including the Shri Sheetla Mata Devi Medical College in Gurugram, a mega food park, the industrial model township in Rohtak and the Integrated Command and Control Center in Karnal

  • 11:42 (IST)

    People upset with BJP in Maharashtra, only Pulwama-like incident can change their mood: Sharad Pawar

    There is a lot of resentment against the BJP-led government in Maharashtra and only a Pulwama-like incident can change this sentiment ahead of the elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday. He was addressing a press conference after attending a party workers' meet.

    Pawar said that there was a growing resentment against the state government ahead of Assembly polls. "Only another Pulwama attack-like situation can change people's mind," the former defence minister said.

    More than 40 paramilitary personnel were killed in the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in February, 2019, prompting the government to launch airstrikes against a terror base at Balakot inside Pakistan's territory. The airstrikes are considered to have boosted the BJP's popularity.

     
     

  • 11:11 (IST)

    'Devendra Fadnavis provided stability, harmony': Narendra Modi in Nashik during launch of BJP's campaign

    On 19 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 'Mahajanadesh' rally at Nashik, launched the BJP's campaign for the Maharashtra election and heaped praises on the Devendra Fadnavis-led government.

    Though the BJP does not have a majority in the state, the prime minister said that Fadnavis ran a stable government that was committed to Maharashtra's interests.

    "Fadnavis provided a stable government with a push for the development of the state. He worked with complete dedication. It is now Maharashtra's turn to make use of his leadership qualities," Modi said.

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  • 11:05 (IST)

    Deployment of central armed forces in Left wing affected areas

    Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said that more central armed forces would be deployed in Left wing extremism-affected areas of the state. "Movement of central forces from one place to another is a significant factor in deciding polling dates," Arora said.​

    Arora stressed on increasing efforts to raise voting percentage in the ensuing Assembly polls.

  • 10:57 (IST)

    EC rules out use of ballot papers in Maharashtra Assembly polls, calls them 'history'

    Earlier this week, the Election Commission had ruled out the use of ballot papers in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, terming them "history" and defended EVMs, saying these machines cannot be tampered with.

    Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said the Assembly poll expenditure limit of candidates cannot be changed for now.

  • 10:50 (IST)

    What is Model Code of Conduct?

    The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) puts into place certain restrictions on political parties, candidates and the ruling government to ensure free and fair elections. Among other things, the MCC makes it difficult for the ruling dispensation to announce freebies and schemes that may affect voter sentiments. This is to deny the ruling party the opportunity to sway voters by virtue of their position, something the Opposition parties cannot achieve.

  • 10:20 (IST)

    Congress faced crushing loss in 2014 Haryana Assembly polls

    In the 2014 Haryana Assembly polls, BJP had won 47 seats, with Congress being reduced to only 15 seats and former chief minister's Om Prakash Chautala’s ​Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) securing win in only 19 seats.

    For this year’s Assembly polls, the BJP started the poll bugle in the state with a Jan Ashirwad Yatra and a Prime Minister Narendra Modi rally in Rohtak on 8 September.

  • 10:16 (IST)

    Congress was decimated in 2014 Assembly polls

    Months after losing power at the Centre in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Congress also faced defeat in the Maharashtra Assembly polls. Then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan failed to make a comeback and the BJP had bagged 122 seats in the 288-seat Assembly. The saffron party formed an alliance with the Shiv Sena, which had won in 63 seats. While, the Congress could manage a win only in 42 seats.

    For the 2019 polls, Congress has formed a pre-poll alliance with the Sharad-Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with an agreement to contest in 125 seats each.

  • 10:08 (IST)

    Haryana will have single-phased election, Maharashtra polls in two, say reports

    A poll panel meet was reportedly convened on Friday to take a final call on Assembly poll dates. The meeting was attended by the two State Election Commissions.

    According to reports, the election in Haryana will be conducted in a single phase, while in Maharashtra in two phases.

  • 10:05 (IST)

    Model Code of Conduct to be enforced after dates are announced

    While the term of 288-member Maharashtra Assembly ends on 9 November, the 90-member Haryana Assembly will expire on 2 November.

    The Model Code of Conduct will come into force after the announcement of dates.
     

  • 10:04 (IST)

    EC to announce Assembly poll dates for Maharashtra and Haryana

    The Election Commission is set to announce dates of Assembly election in Maharashtra and Haryana on Saturday. The poll panel has convened a press conference for 12 pm.


Maharashtra and Haryana Election Dates Updates 2019: The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will highlight issues like farm crisis, economic slowdown and unemployment in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.

Exuding confidence in both Maharashtra and Haryana governments, Home Minister Amit Shah said that they have helped the states in reaching "new heights of development and good governance".

"I call upon the workers of these states to bring the achievements of their governments to the people and form our governments again with a strong majority," said Shah.

The BJP's election campaign in the states of Haryana and Maharashtra would centre around its move to revoke Article 370 as the party has no achievements to show in the face of rampant unemployment and economic slowdown, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said on Saturday.

Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said Maharashtra Assembly elections will be contested by the BJP and the Shiv Sena jointly and an announcement on the seat sharing formula will be made by Sunday (22 September).

Chief Election Commissioner also announced the by-election dates for 64 constituencies in 18 states. The election in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh will be held on 21 October and counting of votes will take place on 24 October.

For both Maharashtra and Haryana, the notification will be issued on 27 September. The polling for all 378 seats will be held in a single phase on 21 October and the counting of votes will take place three days later on 24 October.

The Election Commission is set to announce dates of Assembly election in Maharashtra and Haryana on Saturday. The poll panel has convened a press conference for 12 pm.

With the announcement at noon, the election process will officially begin in the two northern Indian states, and the Model Code of Conduct will come into force as soon as the poll panel's press conference concludes. The MCC puts into place certain restrictions on political parties, candidates and the ruling government to ensure free and fair elections. Among other things, the MCC makes it difficult for the ruling dispensation to announce freebies and schemes that may affect voter sentiments. This is to deny the ruling party the opportunity to sway voters by virtue of their position, something the opposition parties cannot achieve.

While the term of 288-member Maharashtra Assembly ends on 9 November, the 90-member Haryana Assembly will expire on 2 November.

A poll panel meet was reportedly convened on Friday to take a final call on Assembly poll dates. The meeting was attended by the officials of the two state Election Commissions.

According to reports, the election in Haryana will be conducted in a single phase, while in Maharashtra in two phases.

On 19 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 'Mahajanadesh' rally at Nashik, launched the BJP's campaign for the Maharashtra election and heaped praises on the Devendra Fadnavis-led government.

Though the BJP does not have a majority in the state, the prime minister said that Fadnavis ran a stable government that was committed to Maharashtra's interests.

"Fadnavis provided a stable government with a push for the development of the state. He worked with complete dedication. It is now Maharashtra's turn to make use of his leadership qualities," Modi said.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, along with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, earlier in September, had visited Maharashtra to assess the ongoing poll preparations.

In 2014, EC had announced the dates for the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections on 12 September. The voting had taken place on 15 October and results were announced by 19 October.

Congress lost its government in Maharashtra in the 2014 polls and the BJP came into power in alliance with the Shiv Sena. This year, Congress has formed an alliance with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

In Haryana, the BJP had managed to get from 47 seats in 2014, decimating the Congress and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Sep 21, 2019 17:15:48 IST