Haryana Assembly Election Updates: Voting for Haryana Assembly election has concluded and the state recorded 61.6 per cent polling till 6 PM. Official polling percentage will be announced by the Election Commission later. Polling started in Haryana on a sluggish note today morning however it picked up pace as the day progressed. As per the Election Commission, a few assembly constituencies such as Kaithal, Rewari witnessed brisk voting. Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar took a train from Chandigarh to Karnal and then rode a bicycle to the polling booth to cast his vote. Reports of violence were received from Nuh, Mewat where Congress, BJP workers resorted to stone pelting. At least six people were injured in the incident.
The polling started at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm. The main contest is between the ruling BJP and Congress. The saffron party is looking to retain power for second term while the Congress is hoping to make a comeback following the change in guard in the state. The BJP has set a target to bag at least 75 seats. A total of 1,169 candidates are in the fray. The results will be declared on October 24. In the outgoing Assembly, the BJP has 48 members. The Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), a breakaway faction of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), is also hoping for an improvement in its prospects following the Lok Sabha debacle. The party had emerged on the scene following a feud in the Chautala clan in December last year.
DGP Manoj Yadava said that tight security arrangements have been made and over 75,000 security personnel have been mobilised for the smooth conduct of polls. The polling is being held at 19,578 stations. Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Anurag Agarwal, said that over 1.83 crore voters, including 85 lakh women and 252 transgenders, are eligible to vote. As many as 27,611 voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used for the assembly elections.