The most awaited Maharashtra Assembly Elections has finally begun today, on Wednesday and the voting is underway. While the political formations of Shiv Sena-BJP and Cong-NCP got crumbled, this is the first election after 15 years, where the parties are contesting alone in Maharashtra.
While the battle between the parties generates curiosity on anticipated results, the leaders from the parties seem to be confident to win the polls. BJP leader Nitin Gadkari expressed his confidence that BJP will come to power in Maharashtra, saying, “BJP government will come and bring lot of progress in Maharashtra." Whereas, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan said, "I am confident that people of Maharashtra will support Congress and we will form a majority government."
Meanwhile, incidents of violence have also been reported from different parts of the states. Clashes and firing were reported between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Lok Dal supporters in the Modiakhera village in Sirsa, where two are reportedly injured.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “People are voting with tremendous enthusiasm. People are voting for good governance, people are voting to give a decisive mandate for the BJP.” He added, “Maharashtra will have a single party rule after many years. It’s an election where all are voting for change and they want good governance. People will dislodge those who have looted Maharashtra for the past 15 years.”
Mentioning the bollywood movie and its success, he said, “If Lok Sabha polls were Dhoom, then it (assembly elections) is Dhoom 2.”
According to reports, 15 per cent turnout has been recorded in Maharashtra. On the other hand, 25 percent electorates have reportedly casted their votes in first four hours in Haryana.
Regarding Modi’s rallies for campaigning, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda commented, "I have not seen a Prime Minister coming and campaigning so much in a small state like Haryana. He addressed nothing less than 11 rallies. It looked as if he was trying to become the chief minister of Haryana."
As per reports, in Haryana, about 13.8 per cent turnout was recorded till 10 am. The highest voter turnout in Haryana till 9 am has been seen in Kurukshetra where 14.7 per cent people cast their votes and the lowest turnout has been recorded in Rewari at 3.8 per cent. National capital region Faridabad and Gurgaon recorded 4.9 per cent and 7.7 per cent respectively. Whereas, Maharashtra records 7.3 per cent voting till 9 am, Mumbai and Thane register low turnout of 5.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, commenting on the statement made by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, "If a chaivallah’s son Modi can be the PM, then Thackeray’s son can be the CM,” BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said such comments should not be made.