The states of Haryana and Maharashtra have begun the polling process for the Assembly Elections 2019 on Monday.
The electoral fate of over 4400 candidates- 1169 in Haryana and 3237 in Maharashtra 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 whereas there are 96,661 polling booths in Maharashtra for citizens to cast their votes.
Here are the Live Updates:
6:40 PM: Haryana recorded 62% turnout at the close of polling for the assembly elections, while Maharashtra recorded a 63% voting, similar to 2014.
6:01PM: Voting for the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly concluded at 6 PM. The states recorded a slow voter turnout.
5:51PM: 52.70% voter turnout was recorded in Haryana, while Maharashtra saw a turnout of 44.26% till 5pm.
5:04 PM: Over 50.59 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Haryana till 3:30 pm on Monday, while Haryana recorded a 43.78% turnout of voters till 3 pm.
3:43 PM: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said he was confident that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra will break all previous records by winning more than 222 seats.
Speaking to ANI, Javadekar said, "Not just 220, we will cross 222 seats this time in Maharashtra. The Congress had won 222 seats once but we are going to break this record and form an even stronger government this time."
2:40PM: A woman was injured as clash took place between two groups outside a polling booth in Malaaka village in Nuh district in Haryana's Mewat region on Monday, a senior police official told PTI.
2:18 PM: Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, his wife Anjali and son Arjun, cast their votes in Bandra (West) on Monday afternoon. The master blaster urged young people to come out of their homes and cast their votes.
1:30 PM: By 1 PM, Haryana witnesses polling percentage of a little over 35 per cent while Maharashtra recorded 27.47 per cent.
1:00 PM: Union Minister Smriti Irani casts her vote at a polling booth in Mumbai.
"Today's hero is Khanna Ji ( old man standing next to her). He had served in the Army. He is 93 and came out to vote. It is an inspiration and I request people to come out and vote if at 93 he can vote, who is stopping you?" she said.
12: 30 PM: Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan said, "BJP is going to form govt in both the states, Haryana and Maharashtra. We are confident that people will continue to support Prime Minister Modi, his philosophy and his policies."
#WATCH Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar after casting his vote in Mumbai: I request everyone to come out and vote in large numbers, this is a celebration of democracy. #MaharashtraAssemblyPolls pic.twitter.com/V920UfLZr9— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2019
12:05 PM: Senior Congress leader and former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda casts his vote at a polling booth in Rohtak.
12:01 PM: According to the Election Commission of India, Haryana recorded 23.11 per cent voter turnout while Maharashtra saw poll percentage of 16.28 till noon.
11:51 AM: Shiv Sena's Worli assembly candidate, Aaditya Thackeray, and his family members cast vote in Bandra.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, wife Rashmi and sons Aditya and Tejas, after casting their vote in Bandra(East). Aditya Thackeray is a candidate from Worli constituency. #MaharashtraAssemblyPolls pic.twitter.com/nleuDjis35— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2019
11:20 AM: Voter turnout in the ongoing Assembly elections has been a poor show till about 10:00 AM in the morning. Maharashtra saw 5.8% voter turnout whereas Haryana had 8.9% voter turnout.
11: 15 AM: A scuffle and stone pelting between supporters of the Congress and the BJP was reported from Muslim-dominated Nuh district in Mewat town around 8.45 a.m. on Monday while voting was in full swing for Haryana Assembly elections, an official said.
Nuh has close contest between BJP leader Zakir Hussain and Congress leader Aftab Ahmed.
11:00 AM: In Maharashtra elections, various Bollywood celebrities came to cast their votes.
Among them were actress Madhuri Dixit who registered her vote at a polling booth in Bandra(West). Ritesh Deshmukh, his wife Genelia D'Souza cast their votes at a polling booth in Latur.
His brothers Amit Deshmukh & Dhiraj Deshmukh are contesting polls as Congress candidates from Latur city & Latur rural constituencies, respectively.
10:50 AM: Haryana CM ML Khattar casts his vote in Karnal.
"Voting is underway peacefully across the state. Opposition parties including Congress have already lost and have left the battleground, their tall claims have no value," Khattar said.
10:45 AM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with family casts his vote in a polling booth in Nagpur.
10:25 AM: Former tennis player Mahesh Bhupati, wife and actor Lara Dutta after casting their vote at a polling booth in Bandra (West).
10:20 AM: Actor Aamir Khan arrives to cast his vote at a polling booth in Bandra (West), says 'I appeal to all citizens of Maharashtra to come out and vote in large numbers'.
10:15 AM: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rides a cycle to the polling booth.
9:56 AM: The Sakhi Matdaan Kendra, a gaily-decorated polling station in Washim managed by an all-women staff, including security, was seen drawing hordes of voters as polling started for the Maharashtra Assembly elections on Monday.
An EC official told IANS: "The public response to the special all-women polling station is very positive" and they would try to replicate it in other parts of the state in future.
9:46 AM: On the polling day in Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, "BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra will win around 225 seats."
Participated in the festival of democracy by exercising my right to vote— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) October 21, 2019
I urge everyone to participate in Maharashtra & Haryana assembly elections & the by-polls in various parts of India. This is a great opportunity to vote for a strong & development focused Govt #BigWinForBJP pic.twitter.com/Oo5t4FankZ
9:45 AM: Specially-abled husband and wife leave after casting their vote at a polling booth in Juhu, Mumbai
9:30 AM: Actor and BJP MP from Gorakhpur (UP) Ravi Kishan & actress Padmini Kolhapure cast their votes at polling booths in Mumbai's Goregaon & Andheri (West) constituency, respectively.
9:05 AM: TikTok star Sonali Phogat who is contesting on a BJP ticket from Adampur constituency, after casting her vote. She is up against senior Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi
9:00 AM: Senior Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) leader Praful Patel & his wife Varsha cast their votes at a polling booth in Gondia assembly constituency. Gopal Agarwal from BJP & Amar Varade from Congress is contesting from this constituency.
9:01 AM: Wrestlers Babita Phogat, Geeta Phogat&their family cast their vote at a polling booth in Balali village in Charkhi Dadri constituency. Babita Phogat is contesting on BJP ticket from here against Congress candidate Nirpender Singh Sangwan& JJP candidate Satpal Sangwan.
8:58 AM: Yogeshwar Dutt, Olympic Medallist & BJP candidate from Baroda casts his vote. He is contesting against Congress candidate Krishan Hooda.
8:45 AM: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)leader and candidate from Baramati, Ajit Pawar after casting his vote, he is contesting against BJP's Gopichand Padalkar.
8:40 AM: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and wife Kanchan, after casting their vote in Nagpur.
"The BJP-Sena will have a record-breaking victory and Fadnavis will be the chief minister again," he told reporters after casting his vote.
8:00 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged voters in Maharashtra and Haryana to go out an vote in record numbers.
"Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers,"the prime minister wrote on Twitter.
7:55 AM: Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Sarsanghchalak after casting his vote for the Nagpur Central constituency
6:44 AM: Preparation underway at booth number 283-284 ahead of polling for the Bandra West assembly constituency. Ashish Shelar from BJP and Asif Zakaria from Congress are contesting from this constituency.
6:45 AM: Preparation underway at booth number 244-250 ahead of polling for the Malabar Hill assembly constituency. Mangal Prabhat Lodha for BJP and Heera Devasi for Congress are contesting from this constituency.