New Delhi: Voting for assembly elections took place in Maharashtra and Haryana, where the BJP sought a second term in power and hoped for an easy victory. Congress, which has not yet recovered from its defeat in the April-May Lok Sabha elections, is in disarray in both countries – fighting factionalism, rebellion by leaders and defections. His ally in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party Sharad Paward, is struggling. For 288 seats in Maharashtra, the party continued an alliance with Shiv Sena, despite their rocky relations over the past five years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for large numbers of people to leave and vote in the election. Uttar Pradesh sees the selection of mini assemblies as such, with bypolls in 11 seats. In all, elections will be held in 53 seats in 17 states and one union territory. The vote count will take place on Thursday.
Here are the top 10 facts about elections in Maharashtra and Haryana:
- In Maharashtra, BJP fought in 150 seats, Shiv Sena in 124 seats. The remaining 288 seats are for smaller allies. In the opposition camp, Congress competed for 146 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party with 117 seats. The Sena-BJP Alliance currently has 217 seats, Congress and 56 NCP seats.
- Under the seat distribution agreement between the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, the BJP will get the top position and Uddhav Thackeray's party will get the position of deputy Chief Minister. BJP has announced that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to lead the government. For his representative, Sena's choice was probably Uddhav Thackeray's 29-year-old son, Aaditya Thackeray. Senior Thackeray, however, has played down the possibility, saying a politician does not get the highest office after taking "the first step in politics".
- Aaditya Thackeray was the first in his family to vote in five decades since his grandfather, Bal Thackeray, founded Shiv Sena. He will likely get a victory at Worli – Sena's stronghold where the opposition candidate, NCP's Sachin Ahir, crossed recently.
- In Haryana, the ruling BJP was locked in a contest with Congress and the new JJP (Jannayak Janta Party) for 90 assembly seats. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has set a target of 75 of the 90 assembly seats. Last time, BJP won 48 seats, 17th Congress.
- JJP, led by Dushyant Chautala, a breakaway faction from Indian National Lokit Ajit Singh, hopes to improve on his prospects after his poor performance in the Lok Sabha election. The party was formed after a dispute in the Chautala clan in December.
- For this state election round, the BJP, instead of focusing on local issues, has built its campaign on national issues such as the expiration of special status in Jammu and Kashmir and the National Citizens List, which the center wants to bring to the whole country. .
- Shiv Sena continued to dig in the BJP ahead of the election, questioning why the BJP had held a very strong campaign in the state if the opposition did not have "wrestlers" left on the battlefield. "Questions then arose about the motives behind about 10 rallies from Modi, 30 from Amit Shah, and Fadnavis himself held 100 rallies in Maharashtra," senior leader Sena Sanjay Raut said.
- Opposition Congress has focused attention on local issues, including employment and the economy. But his campaign was lackluster in the face of BJP's high-voltage performances in which senior leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party leaders Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath spoke at various demonstrations. In Maharashtra, there was no joint campaign by the NCP and Congress.
- Ahead of the election, NCP senior leader and former union minister Praful Patel was interrogated by the Directorate of Enforcement, who was investigating the alleged property agreement between him and Hajra, the wife of Dawood Ibrahim's aide, Iqbal Mirchi. Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar are struggling against the allegations brought by the agency in cases relating to alleged irregularities in the cooperative banks.
- In 2014, Sena and BJP had ended their alliance ahead of the state elections, only to get back together after the state submitted a separate verdict. The BJP turned out to be the largest single party, but far from the majority. Congress and the NCP, which were also divided before the election, found that their numbers were running out.
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