Campaigning ended on Sunday for the October 13 Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh, being seen as the first key test of popularity for major political parties after the Lok Sabha elections.
The over four week-long canvassing saw top leaders of Congress, BJP and other major players of regional parties hitting the campaign trail in a big way. The electioneering was occasionally marred by personal attacks.
The campaign witnessed personal attacks with Uddhav calling Raj a “rat,”, and the latter retorting by calling him a “snake”. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan jumped the name-calling bandwagon dubbing Raj a “frog”. Raj also mimicked the Congress President at a poll rally, to which Chavan said Raj should quit politics and join films.
In Maharasthra, 3,559 contestants, including 211 women and 1,820 Independents, are in the fray for the 288-member Assembly. Most of the Independents are rebels from the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and other parties.
In Haryana for the 90-member Assembly, 1,222 candidates, including 67 women and 461 Independents, are in the race.
For the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, the poll will be held only for 57 seats as the candidates of Tawang, Mukto and Lumla were elected unopposed.
This is the third time that Congress Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has been re-elected unopposed from Tawang. There are 154 candidates, including nine women and three Independents, in the fray.
Maharashtra has a total of 7,56,34,525 eligible voters to elect 288 MLAs, while Haryana has 1,20,63,257 electors for choosing 90 legislators. Arunachal Pradesh has 7,50,575 voters who can exercise their franchise to select 60 representatives.
Counting of votes will take place on October 22.