As the state Assembly poll season approaches, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Saturday, has announced the election dates for Maharashtra and Haryana in October, at a press conference. The CEC has informed that both states will simultaneously occur in a single phase on 21 October 2019. He added that the 288-seat Maharashtra legislative assembly will expire on 9 November and the 90-seat Haryana Legislative Assembly will expire on 2 November. Hence, the EC has decided to conclude the polling by 27 October, with the counting of polls to be done on 24 October.
Arora also informed that the parties in Maharashtra had wanted the polls to be concluded by Dhanteras. Informing about the registered voters, he said that Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters and Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters. Interaction with election observers on Monday scheduled, as said by the CEC. Apart from this, the schedule for by-elections in 64 constituencies in various states was also announced during the press conference.
Maharashtra which has 288 Assembly seats will go to polls in 21 October 2019. Currently, the BJP holds 122 seats, while the Shiv Sena holds 63 seats. The Opposition held by UPA has 42 seats. Earlier in May, the BJP-Shiv Sena allaince won 41 seats while the UPA was reduced to merely 5 seats.
Haryana is set to go to polls on 21 October 2019. The current Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government holds a single-party majority of 47 seats in the 90 seat Legislative Assembly. The opposition comprising of Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Independent members hold 27 seats. The current Assembly will expire on 2 November 2019.