Haryana Chief Minister and BJP's Manohar Lal Khattar, rode a bicycle to cast his vote in the state assembly election. The incumbent Chief Minister is seeking a second term from Haryana's Karnal Assembly. Moreover, Khattar claimed that the Congress party and other Opposition parties are fighting a 'lost battle.' He also said that the Congress party has no stance on national issues. The chief minister of Haryana urged people to exercise their social, political and democratic rights of voting.
While coming out to vote, Khattar created environmental awareness by riding a bicycle. Further, addressing the media urged the people of Haryana to work towards pollution reduction. He said, "I have come from Chandigarh to vote in Haryana. I traveled for almost 2 hours in Jan Shatabdi and from the railway station, I took an e-Rickshaw and then rode a bicycle to my polling booth. Every time there is a significant occasion, we must give a message, hence through this medium, I would like to appeal to the people of Haryana that we should care for the environment, save the environment. As much as possible, we must reduce pollution and show concern towards our environment, so our coming generations can benefit from it."
"People are voting in good numbers, it was known that 15% of voting was completed by 9 AM. The average is 8-9%, but it is getting updated. The numbers of the Election Commission are right. In Karnal and Haryana, Congress and other parties are playing an already lost game. I am sure, we will complete our target and we can secure 3/4th votes. It is our social, political and democratic duty to vote. As far as issues are concerned, we have clarified our issues. Congress always keeps saying that we should speak about domestic issues and not national issues, this means Congress has no clear stance on national issues like the Article 370, and before that Pulwama, Balakot," Khattar added.
Polling for 90 seats in Haryana began at 7 am on Monday and will continue till 6 pm in the evening. The electoral fate of 1169 candidates will be sealed in EVMs by the voters who will exercise their democratic franchise in the assembly elections.
In Haryana, 19,578 polling stations have been set up for citizens to cast their votes. The assembly polls will witness a multi-cornered contest among BJP, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the recently formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). Votes will be counted on October 24. In the 2014 elections, BJP had won 47 seats and formed the government on its own strength while the Congress managed just 15 seats. The INLD finished second with 19 seats.