Haryana Assembly Elections 2019: Litmus test for Congress, BJP eyes another term as state votes today
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Election on 90 constituency seats of the Haryana Legislative Assembly is just a day away and the stage is set for voting exercise to be done on 21st October. Of the 90 seats, 17 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 73 falls under General category. The total number of voters in Haryana is around 1,82,98,714, out of which 98,33,323 are males and 84,65,152 are females.
Authorities have wrapped up their preparations to conduct a free and fair election process and beefed up the security across the state. The results of the elections will be announced on 24th October.
The political war of words between the BJP, the Congress, INLD, and JJP ended on Saturday evening with two rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi where he launched an attack on the opposition parties for questioning the abrogation of Article 370 from Kashmir and surgical strikes done by IAF on Pakistan earlier this year.
The opposition is attacking the Khattar government of making fake promises to provide loan waivers, increased social security pension, and increasing employment rate. Rahul Gandhi in one of his rallies slammed the Modi government for GST, demonetisation, and unemployment. He also attacked the ruling party on the prevailing slowdown of the economy.
Before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Haryana was a loose hold for the BJP. But in 2014, the Modi wave gave advantage to the party and the BJP registered an unprecedented win. Manohar Lal Khattar was nominated for the post of CM, and the party’s leadership agreed upon to make him the first non-Jat CM of the state.
The politics of Haryana are subsequently based on the caste. But the ruling party seems to bring all the scattered sects of society under the roof of nationalism and is trying to paint the state saffron, with the slogan of ‘Abki Baar Pachhattar Paar’. The BJP in Haryana is aiming to win more than 75 seats in this Haryana election.
The Khattar government has emphasised on the National Register of Citizens as the major poll issue. The challenge, however, remains on the Dalit population which makes 30% of the state’s population.
While Congress is still suffering from the lack of leadership and does not have a prominent CM face. The fissures in the party over the distribution of tickets to candidates. Former Haryana Congress unit chief Ashok Tanwar also resigned from the party earlier this month citing the ticket distribution strategies of the party. On the other hand, the dynastic conflict between the INLD and JJP is also witnessing a tough competition.
The political alliance in the state has also seen a hard time in the past few years, as the ruling BJP and Shrimoni Akali Dal (SAD) alliance parted ways ahead of the assembly polls after SAD’s lone MLA switched to the BJP. After which SAD shook hands with INLD and contested the elections together in 2014, but the alliance also parted ways in 2017. The BSP and JJP also parted ways ahead of the elections. BSP chief Mayawati cited disagreement in the seat-sharing deal for the break-up.
In the 2014 elections of the Haryana Legislative Assembly, the BJP had managed to bag 47 seats out of 90 seats, while the Congress and INLD managed to get 15 and 19 seats respectively. All the political parties are leaving no stone unturned this time as both the parties have made some appealing promises in their poll manifestos.
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