Election for Maharashtra, Haryana Assemblies and by-polls in 17 states to be held on October 21


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday announced elections for Haryana and Maharashtra Assemblies along on October 21.

Bye-elections to Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar and 64 Assembly seats across 17 states and Puducherry Union Territory, including the seats held by disqualified MLAs in Karnataka and 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, will also be held on October 21.

The election will be held in single-phase, while counting of votes will take place on October 24.

Addressing media here on Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said notification will be issued on September 27, the last date of nomination will be on October 4 and the last date for withdrawal of application is October 7.

Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters out of which 1.07 lakh are service voters and Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters of which 1.16 lakh are service voters.

The five-year term of the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra will expire on November 2 and November 9, Arora said.

In 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, BJP won 122 seats, Shiv Sena received 63 seats, while Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could only manage 42 and 41 respectively from a total of 288.

In Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government is in power after the party won 47 out of a total of 90 seats in the 2014 Assembly elections, while the Congress was restricted to just 15 seats.

The states where by-elections will be held are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Puducherry, and Himachal Pradesh.

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