The BJP and the Congress are in a direct contest in the two states for the first time after the 2019 general elections
If exit poll predictions hold ground, BJP could be on course to make electoral history by returning to power in the two states
New Delhi: Counting for the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections results are underway and it is the first time after the 2019 general elections that arch rivals Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are in a direct contest in the two states. A look at the five key things to watch out for today.
BJP’s electoral ascendancy: If exit poll predictions hold ground, the BJP could be on course to make electoral history by returning to power in the two states. The BJP had won in Haryana for the first time in the 2014 assembly polls while it became the single-largest party in Maharashtra in 2014 state polls.
What's in store for Congress: The Congress is looking for a revival after the debacle in the general elections. This is the first set of state elections after Sonia Gandhi returned as Congress president.
Campaign on Article 370: The BJP contested the elections on issues related to abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A in Jammu and Kashmir and also on the point of making instant triple talaq illegal. It would be interesting to see if the campaign worked in the favour of BJP or for Congress led opposition which talked about slowdown in the economy, unemployment and rural distress.
Political dominance: The election results in the two states will indicate if the BJP has managed to retain it dominance in the two states. During the Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won all 10 seats in Haryana and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had won 42 out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra. It will be interesting to see if people continue to rely on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal appeal.
Regional satrap: The counting on Thursday will give a peek into how the regional satraps have performed in the states. Both the chief ministers —Devendra Fadnavis from Maharashtra and Manohar Lal Khattar from Haryana, as well as Aditya Thackeray, the first to contest from his family, former Haryana chief minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda, former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar are in the fray.