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Maharashtra, Haryana polling off to a slow start

While polling in Haryana is currently picking up at 20.25%, the turnout of voters in Maharashtra has been low at only 13.03%. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)Premium
While polling in Haryana is currently picking up at 20.25%, the turnout of voters in Maharashtra has been low at only 13.03%. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

  • BJP, which is incumbent in both the states, is trying to make history by returning to power in both the states
  • This is the first set of assembly elections since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP returned to power in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year

NEW DELHI : Polling in Maharashtra and Haryana took off to a slow start on Monday with average turn out of just 14.2% of both the states as of the 11AM report by Election Commission.

While polling in Haryana is currently picking up at 20.25%, the turnout of voters in Maharashtra has been low at only 13.03%. Polling goes on till evening 6PM and turnout will increase as more data pours in.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is incumbent in both the states, is trying to make history by returning to power in both the states, the opposition led by Congress is fighting for political relevance after the 2019 Lok Sabha debacle.

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This is the first set of assembly elections since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP returned to power in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year and the outcome could indicate whether it has consolidated its position as the key political player opposition parties have covered ground since.

On Monday, urban centers like Gurgaon district had a turnout of 15.37% and district of Mumbai city had 12.68% as of the 11AM report.

Interestingly, turnout across 17 states and union territories where a number of seats are witnessing bye-elections saw an average turnout of 21.28%.

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