Campaigning for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will come to an end this evening. Prominent leaders across all the political parties are making their last-ditch efforts to woo the voters.
Electioneering for by-polls to two Lok Sabha constituencies and 51 Assembly seats in 17 states will also come to an end today. By-polls will be held in Samastipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and Satara Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra. Assembly constituencies for which by-polls will be held are – 11 seats of Uttar Pradesh, 6 of Gujarat, 5 seats each in Kerala and Bihar, 3 in Sikkim, 4 each of Punjab and Assam, 2 each of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh and one seat each in Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Pudducherry and Arunachal Pradesh.
Polling in Haryana and Maharashtra, bypolls for two Lok Sabha constituencies and 51 Assembly seats will take place on Monday. Counting will be taken up on the 24th of this month.
Prime Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Modi will address election rallies at Ellenabad and Rewari in Haryana today. Senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah is also scheduled to address rallies in Navapur, Akole and Karjat in Maharashtra.
Earlier, addressing his last campaign rally for Assembly Elections in Maharashtra, Prime Minister yesterday accused the previous Congress government of failing to act after terror attacks in Mumbai. He said, such a situation does not persist now as perpetrators know that they will be punished. Prime Minister also highlighted the economic reforms ushered in by the BJP-led Central and Maharashtra governments.
Attacking the Opposition, Mr Modi said they nurtured Article 370 for decades and charged the Congress and its allies of playing politics of self-interest even as terrorism spread in Kashmir valley. He said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has provided a stable government unlike the previous Congress-NCP regime, which saw chief ministers often getting replaced. Mr. Modi said, there is not even a single stain of corruption on BJP government.
Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s only rally in Haryana ahead of Monday polling cancelled just hours before it was to take place. The rally, in Mahendergarh, was addressed by Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Addressing the rally, Rahul said, the government keeps diverting the attention of the people from real issues facing the country. He also slammed the media, saying it was scared and not showing the truth. The Congress leader said, demonetisation and GST have destroyed small and medium enterprises.