New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The schedule for the upcoming Assembly Elections in Haryana were announced by the Election Commission on Saturday. The polling will be held on 21 October while the results will be announced on 24 October.

The notification will be issued on 27 September 2019 and the last date for nominations to be filed will be 4th October. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on 5th October and the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be 7 October.

In an appeal to political parties, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora stressed on the use of environment-friendly campaign materials during elections.

Parties have already started their preparations. In 90-member Haryana assembly, the ruling BJP will aim to fend off Congress to secure a second term. Buoyed by the results of the recent Lok Sabha polls when it had won all 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana, the BJP’s preparations for Assembly polls are already in full swing.

Continuous desertions in the opposition INLD and its leaders joining the ruling BJP has further boosted the morale of the saffron party.

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Earlier this month in Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the bugle for the upcoming polls, saying the “mammoth support” for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar shows the “direction of the wind” and makes clear with whom people’s blessings will be in the state. Kicking off the BJP’s campaign in Rohtak ahead of the state polls, the Prime Minister said it was the saffron party that ended corruption, the “game” of transferring teachers and illegal farm-land deals. He also took a dig at the previous Congress government, saying it only promoted “parivarvaad” (dynastic politics)

Haryana is currently led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, whose term of the current BJP-led state assembly will expire on November 2, 2019. There are 90 seats in the Haryana Legislative Assembly, of which a party would need to win 45 for a majority.

The last general election to elect members of the assembly was held on October 15, 2014, where the BJP won 47 seats to claim a majority in the Assembly, forming the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), led by ex-Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had come second, winning 19 seats, while the Congress, led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, trailed behind with 15 seats.

In 2014, BJP propelled to power in Haryana by a dramatic surge in vote share that saw its tally zooming from 4 to 47 in the 90-member House in the backdrop of a Modi wave. With a 24 per cent rise in its vote share, BJP on its own formed the government for the first time in the state in which it was a fringe player.

BJP's vote share rocketed to 33.2 per cent from a meager 9.05 per cent in the Assembly polls in 2009, bringing a dramatic victory for the saffron party. It had been earlier playing second fiddle to the regional parties in Haryana, including INLD that finished second. 

Posted By: Talib Khan