If Lok Sabha polls were Dhoom, Assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana are Dhoom 2: BJP

Written by Agencies | Updated: Oct 15 2014, 19:17pm hrs
Voting is underway for the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, with moderate to brisk polling recorded in the first couple of hours.

People have been queuing at polling stations before the voting began at 7 am amid tight security to elect the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, who cast his vote in Pune, said, "People are voting for change, good governance and decisive government which Narendra Modi has offered."

"People are voting in this poll with even more enthusiasm than they did in the Lok Sabha poll. If the Lok Sabha polls were Dhoom, the Assembly polls are Dhoom 2, the sequel," he said.

Evading queries on possible post-poll alliance, BJP leaders claimed that the party will get complete majority.

"I am sure people of Maharashtra will ensure a BJP government comes to power in the state," said state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis, a front runner for chief ministerial post in case BJP comes to power, after casting his vote in Nagpur.

Maharashtra's established political formations Shiv Sena-BJP and Cong-NCP split ahead of the polls and the parties are contesting alone after 15 years. Congress and NCP had ruled the state for 15 years from 1999.

The riveting contest in both Maharashtra and Haryana is being seen as the first major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity after the Lok Sabha polls and he had spearheaded the BJP campaign in both the states.