Single-phase assembly elections will be held in Maharashtra and Haryana on 21 October and the BJP will take on the Congress-led opposition to retain power in both the states. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 24.

Here are some of the points relating to the upcoming assembly elections in both the states:

A) Maharashtra

Number of Recognized State parties : 1) Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

2) Shiv Sena

Assembly Constituencies : 288

Smallest and largest Constituencies:- By Area

Smallest: Dharavi

Largest: Aheri

Smallest and largest Constituencies:- By Size of Electorate

Smallest: Wardha

Largest: Panvel

Population: 124326000

Total No of candidates (Male & Female)

Male: 3001

Female: 235

Others: 1

Party wise list of Candidates:

BSP: 262

BJP: 164

CPI: 16

CPI (M):8

Congress: 147

MNS: 101

NCP: 121

Shiv Sena: 126

Other Registered Parties: 892

Independant: 1400

Total: 3237

B) Haryana

Number of Recognized State parties: One (INLD – Indian National Lok Dal)

Smallest and Largest Constituencies (By Size of Electorate)

Smallest: Narnaul

Largest: Badshahpur

Electors: 29000521

Total No. of Candidates (Male & Female)

Male: 1064

Female: 104

Others: 1

Party Wise List of Candidates

BJP: 90

BSP: 87

CPI: 4

CPI(M): 7

Congress: 90

NCP:1

INLD: 81

Others: 434

Independent: 375

The term of the 288-member Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9 and that of the 90-member Haryana assembly on November 2.

Notifications for the two assembly elections will be issued on September 27 and the nomination process will begin on the same day. October 4 is the last date of filing nominations.

While scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on October 5, October 7 is the last date for candidates to withdraw from the electoral battle.

The assembly elections are the first after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to power at the Centre for a second term in May.

The government's decision to abrogate Article 370 provisions, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is among the BJP campaign's key themes for the assembly polls.


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