New Delhi, Oct 19: The counting of votes for the assembly elections in the two states of Maharashtra and Haryana began on Sunday morning, are seen as an acid test for the Narendra Modi government after the Lok Sabha Elections.
The results will seriously impact the politics across the nations as the outcome would certainly give Modi an upperhand in the party as well as in the government.
If the exit poll predictions prove to be correct, it will further give blow to the Congress as the two states have been crucial to hold the banner against the ruling BJP.
It may be noted that the BJP decision ahead of polls go it all alone could be the new mantra if it were to come to power in the two states.
The party walked out of its 25-year-old alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and ended its brief partnership with the Haryana Janhit Congress of Kuldeep Bishnoi.
Besides, the arguement around the ‘Modi wave’ would also end as in both the states the prime minister has campaigned extensively without projecting a CM-face.
The victory will also allow the party to be more firm with existing and prospective allies for assembly elections in Bihar, Uttar Ppradesh, West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu in the next 2 years.
The counting began for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly and 90-member Haryana Assembly at 8 AM in the two states which went to polls on October 15.
Haryana recorded its highest-ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while Maharashtra recorded 63.13 per cent polling.
According to reports, counting is underway across 288 counting centres at 269 locations in Maharashtra where the final results are expected to be available by 3 PM.
In Mahrashtra, BJP fielded 280, BSP 260, CPI 34, CPM 19, Congress 287, NCP 278, Shiv Sena 282 and MNS had fielded 219.
A total of 4119 candidates contested the poll. Of the 288 constituencies, including 36 constituencies in Mumbai, 234 are general, 29 reserved for scheduled castes and 25 for scheduled tribes.
In Haryana, BJP is eyeing to form a government on its own, while the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government is aiming at a third successive term.
The state had created history by clocking an all-time high polling of about 76.54 per cent, surpassing maximum of 72.65 per cent in 1967 in the high-stakes battle among top contenders Congress, BJP and INLD in a multi-cornered contest.
The fate of 1351 candidates, including 116 women – the highest number since the formation of the state in 1966, was sealed during the single day polling.
Unlike in the recent past, when the fight was mainly between Congress and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), a number of new players have thrown their hats in the ring this time.
(With Agency Inputs)