Elections 2019

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The Election Commission of India has announced election dates for the 2019 Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. The Election Commission has also announced the date for by-elections for both assembly as well as Lok Sabha seats.

The Maharashtra Assembly election and the Haryana Assembly election will both be held in a single phase on the same date. Voting for the 288-seat Maharashtra Assembly, 90-seat Haryana Assembly, and by-elections in 49 constituencies across India will be held on Monday, October 21, and the results will be declared three days later - on Thursday, October 24, when votes are counted. These are the first state polls after the national election, which the BJP won by a landslide, clearing the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term.

The current term of the Haryana Legislative Assembly ends on November 2, while the term for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly ends on November 9. Both states currently have a Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP-led government. While the BJP has its own government in Haryana, it has a government along with its ally - the Shiv Sena - in Maharashtra. While Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters, Maharashtra has 8.9 crore registers voters.

The Election Commission also announced simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections for 49 constituencies across the country. They had earlier announced bypolls for 64 seats, but later announced that the by-election for 15 seats in Karnataka will be held at a later date.

By-elections will take place in Arunachal Pradesh (1 seat), Assam (4 seats), Bihar (5 seats), Chhattisgarh (1 seat), Gujarat (4 seats), Andhra Pradesh (2 seats), Kerala (5 seats), Meghalaya (1 seat), Madhya Pradesh (1 seat), Odisha (1 seat), Puducherry (1 seat), Punjab (4 seats), Rajasthan (2 seats), Sikkim (3 seats), Tamil Nadu (2 seats), Telangana (1 seat), Uttar Pradesh (11 seats).

In Haryana's 90-seat assembly in the 2014 state election, the BJP had won 47 seats and the Congress won 15; the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) got 19 seats. The rest were won by other regional parties and independents. In Maharashtra, in 2014, the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena contested the assembly election separately. The BJP had won 122 seats, while the Shiv Sena had got 63 seats.

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