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Maha, Haryana polls on Oct. 15

Maha, Haryana  polls on Oct. 15
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Maharashtra and Haryana Polls On October 15. Having romped home in the General Elections, largely due to Modi wave, the BJP is facing its biggest electoral battle after the LS polls in October.

Biggest electoral battle to test Modi magic

  • Counting of votes will be held on October 19
  • Elections to J & K and Jharkhand put off

New Delhi: Having romped home in the General Elections, largely due to Modi wave, the BJP is facing its biggest electoral battle after the LS polls in October.

Crucial States of Maharashtra and Haryana are going to polls on October 15, stated the Election Commission on Friday.

Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand which were scheduled to go to polls along with Maharashtra and Haryana had been put off due to the flood conditions in both the States.

Trounced in the General Elections, Congress will also see the test of nerves on the day. It rules Haryana and shares power with NCP in Maharashtra. The term of 90-member Haryana Assembly expires on October 27 while that of Maharashtra, which has 288 seats, ends on November 8.

Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said that along with the Assembly elections in the two states, bye-elections would also be held on the same day in five Assembly seats in five states -Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Bye-elections to two Lok Sabha constituencies of Beed in Maharashtra and Kandhamal in Odisha would also be conducted on the day.

Counting of votes in all the seats – LS and Assembly – will take place on October 19.

The Model Code of Conduct cames into effect immediately in Maharashtra and Haryana and in all the districts where bypolls are being held on Saturday. Buoyed by its performance in both States in LS polls – 42 out 48 in Maharashtra and 7 and out of 10 in Haryana – the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is revving up to prove that the Modi magic has not faded a wee bit. It was pushed to the wall in the recent bypolls in three States – Bihar, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh – though.

Meanwhile, by-elections are being held in three Lok Sabha and 33 Assembly seats in 10 states.

Notification for polls will be issued on September 20 and the last date for filing nomination is September 27 for all seats except Kandhamal for which the notification will be on September 19 and last date of nomination is September 26.

"We still have time for Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir," Sampath said. The term of the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly ends on January 3 next year, while that of the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly expires on January 19.

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