As the deadline for withdrawal of nomination ends, a total number of 1,168 are set to contest for the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana scheduled to be held on October 21. The last date for withdrawal of nomination by the candidates was October 7. Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr Inder Jeet stated on Monday that, "A total number of 1,168 candidates will contest on 90 assembly seats in the Haryana Assembly elections.”
The Election Commission (EC) also allotted election symbols to various political parties contesting the Assembly polls -2019 in the state. Giving district-wise details, the Dr Inder Jeet said, after the withdrawal of the names, 36 candidates from Ambala, 58 from Jhajjar, 57 from Kaithal, 44 from Kurukshetra, 66 from Sirsa and 118 from Hisar, are left in the election fray.
"Similarly, 46 candidates from Yamunanagar district, 45 from Mahendragarh, 27 from Charkhi district, 41 from Rewari, 63 from Jind, 24 from Panchkula, 50 from Fatehabad will contest the elections," Inder jeet said.
Meanwhile, 58 candidates from Rohtak district, 40 from Panipat, 35 from Mewat, 72 from Sonipat, 69 from Faridabad, 71 from Bhiwani, 59 from Karnal and 54 from Gurgaon and 35 candidates from Palwal will be contesting the Assembly polls. The polling will be held on October 21 and the counting of votes will take place on October 24.
In a huge setback to the Congress party ahead of assembly polls in Haryana, its former state chief Ashok Tanwar resigned from the party on October 5. Even as the Congress party named its former Haryana chief as a star campaigner for the upcoming assembly polls, he has resigned saying that reasons to quit the party are known to all. His decision comes amid reports of tussle in the Haryana Congress between Tanwar and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Days ahead of the move by Tanwar, he was also removed from the post of Haryana Congress chief, and Kumari Selja was named as the party's state president.
Meanwhile, prior to the Haryana Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart the BJP campaign in the State from October 14. PM Modi, the star campaigner of the BJP, will be addressing four rallies across Haryana over two days.
(INPUTS FROM ANI)