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FMRI launches Cleft Lip and Palate Care Centre for chidren with congenital defects

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The Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) has joined hands with the Fortis Foundation and Operation Smile India to set up a comprehensive clinic for cleft lip, palate and other facial deformities for children born with congenital deformity at Gurgaon, near here, in Haryana. 
 
The centre would provide services of surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, speech therapists, ENT specialists, child life psychologists, and dental surgeons and orthodontists. 
 
Under the joint initiative, free surgeries for children from less privileged sections will be provided to help overcome their condition and help them live a normal childhood. These children will also be given free speech therapy sessions, after the surgery. 
 
The clinic was launched by actor Nandana Sen, a child rights activist and writer, and ambassador for Operation Smile India.
 
A cleft is a gap or opening where the body structures that form before birth do not fuse as any normal body structure does. The deformity is caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. This can also affect other parts of the face such as the eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, and forehead. The outcome of this non-fusion condition may pose problems with feeding, ear disease, speech and socialization. Individuals with cleft also face many middle ear infections which may eventually lead to hearing loss. 
 
A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery, especially so if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood. Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip or a cleft palate or both. It is estimated that 1 out of 10 children born with cleft lip or palate suffer from infant mortality, a press release from FMRI said.
 
Sen, who has worked for ten years for the cause, said, “A smile changes everything. A cleft lip may seem like an aesthetic problem but it is actually a survival issue. Children with untreated cleft lips and palates do not have the type of life that every child has the right to have and we want to change that so every child can get a good quality of life as they grow up.” 
 
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According to Dr Rashmi Taneja, Chairperson, Operation Smile and Senior Consultant, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, “Approximately 30,000 children are born with clefts annually. The sooner a child is operated; they have a better chance of leading a quality life. Together, we are dedicated to make a difference to these young children.”
 
Dr Gagan Sabharwal, Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dental Sciences, FMRI, said, “Only 20-30% children born with cleft actually receive corrective surgeries. Cleft lip surgery is done at the age of 3-6 months of age depending upon the nutritional status and health of the baby. On the other hand, repair of a cleft palate is done between 10 to 12 months of age before the development of speech. This has to be followed by speech therapy to make it effective."
 
“This is a first of its kind centre offering comprehensive services for Cleft Lip and Palate care. A child born with cleft will have a range of treatments under the same roof starting from a surgery to speech therapy to orthodontic treatment and cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty and corrective jaw surgery (if needed) over their developmental years, under pediatric guidance,” said Dr Dilpreet Brar, Regional Director, FMRI.
 
Babies with palatal clefts may have compromised hearing and therefore, if the baby cannot hear, it cannot try to mimic the sounds of speech. Thus, even before expressive language acquisition, the baby with the cleft palate is at risk for receptive language acquisition. Because the lips and palate are both used in pronunciation, individuals with cleft usually need the aid of a speech therapist.
 
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Justice Bawa Singh Walia transferred from Punjab & Haryana HC to J&K HC

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The President has, after consultations with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr Justice Bawa Singh Walia, an Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
 
An official press release said Mr Justice Walia had been directed to assume charge of his office in the Karnataka High Court on or before February 17.
 
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12 dead, 3 injured as train hits vehicle at unmanned crossing in Haryana

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As many as 12 people died and three others suffered injuries when the vehicle they were travelling was hit by the Dhuri-Sirsa passenger train at an unmanned railway level crossing near Sarsod village in Hisar district of Haryana today.
 
The victims included five women, three men and four children, while those who were injured were three children, who have been admitted to a nearby hospital.
 
The tragedy occurred around 9.15 am today at a spot about 30 km from Hisar town when the group, all of whom belonged to Balak village, was headed to a nearby village, Panghal, for a religious event. 
 
The driver of the vehicle, a Tata Magic, who was among those killed, failed to notice the oncoming train due to the dense fog that had enveloped the area at that time, Bhim Sein, the station house officer (SHO) of the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Hisar told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene of the mishap.
 
Some GRP personnel travelling on the train and people from the nearby village rushed to the spot and extricated the victims and rushed them to hospital. While six had died on the spot, six others sucumbed to their injuries on their way to the hospital.
 
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Number of CIPETs to be increased to 100 in next five years: Ananth Kumar

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Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Ananth Kumar said today that the government planned to increase the number of Central Institutes for Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPETs) in the country from the current 23 to 100 in the next five years.
 
Speaking after laying the foundation stone of a students' hostel at the CIPET at Murthal in Haryana, he said this would help train about 4 lakh students every year in the plastics and polymers sector.
 
He said the government was laying emphasis on skill development as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative.
 
Mr Kumar said CIPET, Murthal would be upgraded to a Higher Learning Centre that could award B. Tech., M. Tech., and Ph. D. degrees. He said the government would also establish one more CIPET in Haryana.
 
Calling for better plastic waste management, he specialized courses would be launched in this area in the country. 
 
He also called for steps to encourage more girls to join technical courses such as those offered by CIPETs.
 
CIPET, Murthal was set up in 2005. It has about 1000 students enrolled for various diploma and certificate courses. The campus is spread out over 10 acres of land provided by the Government of Haryana. 
 
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Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh to hold additional charge of Himachal Pradesh

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The President has appointed Mr Kalyan Singh, the Governor of Rajasthan, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties, in place of Ms Urmila Singh, whose term will end on January 24.
 
Similarly, the President has appointed Mr Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Punjab, in addition to his own duties till further orders and also as Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh vice Mr Shivraj V. Patil, who completes his tenure on January 21.
 
The arrangements will continue till further orders or until regular appointments are made to the two posts, an official press release added.
 
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Mr Justice Shiavax Vazifdar to perform duties of CJ of Punjab & Haryana HC

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, Judge of the Bombay High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court.
 
The appointment will be with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office in that High Court, an official press release said.
 
Mr Justice Vazifdar, who has been transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been directed to assume charge of his office there on or before December 16.
 
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Gateway Hotels & Resorts launches first Gateway branded resort in India

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The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, in association with Samak Dhoot Resorts & Spa Pvt Ltd, yesterday launched the first Gateway branded resort in India at Gurgaon near here in Haryana.
 
The launch of The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon marked the entry of The Gateway Hotels & Resorts in the national capital region (NCR) region, taking the total number of hotels under the Gateway brand to 25, a press release from the company said.
 
"Nestled in the lap of Aravalli Hills and spread over 20 acres, The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon is an urban sanctuary inspired by nature. The resort offers 78 spacious rooms including two suites; each with serene views of the landscape," the release said.
 
"We are delighted to launch the country's first ever resort under The Gateway brand at Damdama. India's tourism potential is unmatched in terms of its uniqueness, culture and heritage. The industry has become one of the key growth drivers for the economy generating employment and nurturing communities. The rapid increase in domestic as well as foreign tourists has created a need for developing newer destinations and innovative service offerings; a concept that the Taj has pioneered in India." said Mr. Rakesh Sarna, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Indian Hotels Company Ltd.
 
Mr. Prabhat Verma, Chief Operating Officer, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts said, "The launch of The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon is a significant milestone for the Gateway brand. With the addition of this hotel, the brand's portfolio now includes 25 hotels."
 
Mr. Pawan Dhoot, Managing Director, Dhoot Group said "The hotel is built with a vision of developing a special bond between members of families and corporates by bringing them together into the nature."
 
Sprawling over 20 acres with nearly 1000 trees, the resort is designed as a weekend retreat in the outskirts of Gurgaon, creating a rustic homely atmosphere nestled in the natural environment, the release said.
 
"The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon offers a quick getaway for the residents of Delhi and Gurgaon to relax and unwind amidst nature. The resort also offers a host of interesting activities like adventure sports for guests.' said its General Manager Pulkesin Mohan.
 
The resort has an adventure sports complex, a fitness centre, a pool, a spa and a sports mark.
 
Other facilities include banquet space for conferences, meetings and weddings, international and regional cuisines and a lounge bar.
 
The hotel offers convenient access to Damdama Lake, a popular picnic spot that is home to more than 190 species of birds. Guests can also make trips to the hot springs at Sohna, the ancient Shiva temple or the Suraj Kund tourist complex, the release added.
 
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Bye-elections to RS on Dec 5 to fill two vacancies from Haryana

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The Election Commission today said it would hold bye-elections to the Rajya Sabha from Haryana on December 5 to fill up two casual vacancies.
 
The vacancies have arisen to the resignation of Mr Birender Singh on August 28 and Mr Ranbir Singh Prajapati on November 1.
 
Mr Singh, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament on a Congress ticket, had resigned from the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is now a Union Minister.
 
Mr Prajapati of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has vacated his Rajya Sabha seat after being elected to the Haryana Legislative Assembly from Nawa in Hisar district.
 
The notification for the bye-elections will be held on November 18 and the last date for making nominations is November 25. Counting of votes will be taken up at 5 pm on December 5 after polling ends at 4 pm.
 
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BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar sworn in as 10th Chief Minister of Haryana

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the state legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of Haryana on Sunday morning.

 
Manohar Lal Khattar sworn in as Chief Minister of Haryana
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the state legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of Haryana this morning.
 
Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Mr Khattar, 60, as the head of the first ever BJP government in the state, at a ceremony at around 1123 hours at a ground at Panchkula near here.
 
Along with Mr Khattar, six Cabinet Ministers -- Ram Vilas Sharma, Capt Abhimanyu, Om Prakash Dhankar, Anil Vij, Rao Narbir Singh and Kavita Jain -- and three Ministers of State -- Vikram Singh Thekhedar, Krishna Kumar and Karan Dev Khamboj -- were also sworn in by Mr Solanki, taking the strength of the new Council of Ministers to ten. Ms Jain is the only woman in the Council of Ministers.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and M Venkaiah Naidu were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states such as Anandiben Patel of Gujarat, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan, Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh and Manohar Parrikar of Goa also attended the ceremony.
 
Mr Khattar, 60, was elected as a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly from Karnal, winning his maiden election with a margin of more than 63,000 votes.
 
The elections, held on October 15, saw the BJP capturing power for the first time in the state, winning 47 seats in the 90-member house. 
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala came in second with 19 seats, while the Congress, which ruled the state for the last 10 years, had to rest content with third place, with 15 seats.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one seat each. Independents won five seats.
 
Mr Khattar had been unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party by the party's newly-elected legislators here on October 21.
 
Later, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who was sent here as the party's Central observer for that meeting, accompanied Mr Khattar to call on Mr Solanki to apprise him of the party's decision. Mr Solanki invited Mr Khattar to form the new government in the state. 
 
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Mr Khattar was born on May 5, 1954, in Nigana village of Maham tehsil in Rohtak district. His father Harbans Lal Khattar was a Punjabi shopkeeper who had migrated to India during the 1947 Partition.
 
After passing out of school, he moved to Delhi, where he ran a shop near Sadar Bazar while studying for a degree from the University of Delhi.
 
Mr Khattar joined the RSS in 1977 and became a full-time pracharak three years later. In 1994, he was deputed to the BJP. He was Organisational General Secretary of the BJP in Haryana between 2000 and 2014 and was the head of its campaign election committee in Haryana for the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was later made a member of the BJP's National Executive. He is a bachelor.
 
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BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar to be sworn in as Haryana CM on Oct 26

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana on Sunday, October 26.

Will work for the development of Haryana: ML Khattar
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time member of the legislative assembly and former "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Haryana on Sunday, October 26.
 
Mr Khattar, 60, was elected as a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly from Karnal, winning his maiden election with a margin of more than 63,000 votes.
 
The elections, held on October 15, saw the BJP capturing power for the first time in the state, winning 47 seats in the 90-member house. 
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala came in second with 19 seats, while the Congress, which ruled the state for the last 10 years, had to rest content with third place, with 15 seats.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one seat each. Independents won five seats.
 
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was sent here as the party's Central observer, told reporters that the newly-elected legislators of the BJP had unanimously elected Mr Khattar, 60, as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party.
 
Mr Naidu, Mr Khattar and other BJP leaders later called on Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki here and apprised him of the BJP Legislature Party's decision and handed over a copy of the resolution adopted at the meeting.
 
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Mr Solanki invited Mr Khattar to form the new government in the state. He will be sworn in around 11 am on Sunday at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium at Panchkula near here, Mr Naidu said.
 
Mr Khattar was born on May 5, 1954, in Nigana village of Maham tehsil in Rohtak district. His father Harbans Lal Khattar was a Punjabi shopkeeper who had migrated to India during the 1947 Partition.
 
After passing out of school, he moved to Delhi, where he ran a shop near Sadar Bazar while studying for a degree from the University of Delhi.
 
Mr Khattar joined the RSS in 1977 and became a full-time pracharak three years later. In 1994, he was deputed to the BJP. He was Organisational General Secretary of the BJP in Haryana between 2000 and 2014 and was the head of its campaign election committee in Haryana for the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was later made a member of the BJP's National Executive. He is a bachelor.
 
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200 temporary firecracker stalls gutted in major fire in Faridabad

Faridabad: Over 200 firecracker shops gutted in fire
A major fire broke out this evening at the Dussehra Ground in Faridabad, near here in Haryana, where a temporary market for selling fire crackers had been set up ahead of the Diwali festival.
 
Sources said more than 200 temporary stalls set up on the ground were gutted in the fire.
 
Faridabad police sources said about three or four people had been injured in the incident.
 
More than 20 fire tenders had been rushed to the spot to control the fire and they had been able to localise the fire and prevent the flames from spreading.
 
The entire ground had turned into an inferno for some time as flames leapt into the sky and the stocks of fire crackers exploded all over the place as the fire quickly spread from one shop to the other in no time at all.
 
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BJP captures power for first time in Haryana, is largest party in Maharashtra

The BJP was voted to power for the first time in Haryana and emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra after votes were counted on Sunday in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states -- the first to go to the polls after the Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.

BJP will form govt in Haryana, Mahrashtra: Amit Shah
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was voted to power for the first time in Haryana and emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra after votes were counted today in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states -- the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.
 
In Haryana, the BJP won 47 of the 90 seats in the assembly, while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala came in second with 19 seats.
 
The Congress, which has been ruling the state for the last ten years, had to rest content with third place, with 15 seats.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one seat each. Independents won five seats.
 
In Maharashtra, the BJP bagged 122 seats, making it the single largest party but 22 short of the half-way mark in the 288-member house.
 
The Shiv Sena, which was an ally of the BJP for a quarter of a century before the two parted ways just ahead of the elections, won 63 seats to become the seocnd largest party.
 
The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years in partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before separating just a few days before the polls, finished in third place with 42 seats, while the NCP was just behind with 41.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), headed by Raj Thackeray, a cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, could manage just one seat.
 
The Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and the Peasants and Workers Party of India won three seats each, while the AIMIM won two.
 
The Communist Party of India (CPI), the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and the Samajwadi Party picked up one seat each. Independents bagged seven seats.
 
The results and trends in Maharashtra clearly pointed to a coalition government headed by the BJP in the state. In previous governments in the state in coalition with the Shiv Sena, the BJP was the junior partner but now, in a switch of roles, it has the upper hand.
 
Since their break-up before the polls, both parties have been making some conciliatory noises in recent days and the Shiv Sena today said that it was upto the BJP to make the first move as far as a possible coalition was concerned.
 
The NCP, meanwhile, offered outside support to the BJP. NCP leader and former Union Minister Praful Patel told reporters that the BJP was the single largest party in the assembly and the NCP had decided to offer it support from outside in the interest of a stable and progressive government in Maharashtra, one that would also have good relations with the Centre.
 
For the BJP, it is its best ever electoral performance in state elections in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
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BJP President Amit Shah, who had played a key role in the party's Lok Sabha election win, said the results had taken it two steps ahead in its mission of a "Congress-free India".
 
He said the victory was a vote of approval for the work done by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
 
He said the results also proved that the "Modi wave" in the country had become a "tsunami" that had demolised the opposition.
 
On the question of government formation in Maharashtra, he said, "Wait for sometime... the BJP is the single largest party and, therefore, it is our right to form the government.”
 
He also asserted that it was not the BJP which had broken off its alliance with the Shiv Sena ahead of the elections.
 
Mr Modi, who had campaigned hard and addressed several election rallies in both states, said the results were "historic" and a matter of "immense happiness and pride" for the BJP. He saluted the party's workers for their efforts.
 
"Thanks to the people of Haryana for giving us the opportunity to fulfil their dreams & to take Haryana's development journey to new heights.
 
"We are committed to Maharashtra's progress & creating a Maharashtra the world will be proud of," he said in posts on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accepted the electoral verdict in both states.
 
“The Congress Party accepts the election verdict delivered by the people of Maharashtra and Haryana with humility and resolves to play a constructive and vigilant role," Ms Gandhi said.
 
"The people of Maharashtra and Haryana trusted us with their mandate thrice and twice respectively. We hope that the parties forming the Government will fulfill the promises that they made.
 
"We thank our supporters and voters for having stood by us, and our workers for their tireless and unstinting commitment to the party and its ideology," she added.
 
Mr Gandhi noted that the people had voted for change, after 15 years of Congress government in Maharashtra and ten years in Haryana.
 
"I congratulate the BJP on their success. I thank our supporters for having stood by us and the party workers for their commitment to the party. The Congress party will work hard on the ground to once again earn the confidence of the people," he added.
 
Counting of votes was also held today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and three Assembly constituencies.
 
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The Kandhamal seat was won by Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), while the BJP's candidate Pritam Munde was leading in Beed.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
In the Assembly bye-elections, the Kanubari seat in Arunachal Pradesh was won by the Congress, Rajkot West in Gujarat by the BJP and Kairana in Uttar Pradesh by the Samajwadi Party.
 
The other seats where bye-elections were held are Hiyanglam in Manipur and Northern Angami-II in Nagland. Counting of votes will be taken up there on October 20.
 
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In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states. Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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Sonia, Rahul accept electoral verdict in Maharashtra, Haryana

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today accepted the verdict in the elections to the legislative assemblies in Maharashra and Haryana, where their party has ceded power to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
 
“The Congress Party accepts the election verdict delivered by the people of Maharashtra and Haryana with humility and resolves to play a constructive and vigilant role," Ms Gandhi said in a statement.
 
"The people of Maharashtra and Haryana trusted us with their mandate thrice and twice respectively. We hope that the parties forming the Government will fulfill the promises that they made.
 
"We thank our supporters and voters for having stood by us, and our workers for their tireless and unstinting commitment to the party and its ideology," she added.
 
Mr Gandhi noted that the people had voted for change, after 15 years of Congress government in Maharashtra and ten years in Haryana.
 
"I congratulate the BJP on their success. I thank our supporters for having stood by us and the party workers for their commitment to the party. The Congress party will work hard on the ground to once again earn the confidence of the people," he said in his statement.
 
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BJP wins power in Haryana for first time, to head coalition govt. in Maharashtra

The BJP wrested power for the first time in Haryana and will head the new coalition government in Maharashtra as votes were counted on Sunday in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states --- the first to go to the polls after the Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.

 
Initial celebations for BJP start
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wrested power for the first time in Haryana and will head the new coalition government in Maharashtra as votes were counted today in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states -- the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.
 
The BJP won 47 of the 90 seats in the Haryana assembly, while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala came in second with 19 seats.
 
The Congress, which has been ruling the state for the last ten years, had to rest content with third place, with 15 seats.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) one seat each. Independents won five seats.
 
In Maharashtra, the BJP had won 114 seats and was leading in eight more, making it the single largest party but 22 short of the half-way mark of 144 in the 288-member assembly.
 
The Shiv Sena, which was an ally of the BJP for a quarter of a century before the two parted ways just ahead of the elections, bagged 56 seats and was leading in seven more, making it the second largest party.
 
The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years in partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before separating just a few days before the polls, won 39 seats and was ahead in three more, while the NCP was just behind, having won 37 seats and leading in four more.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), headed by Raj Thackeray, a cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, had to remain content with one seat.
 
The Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and the Peasants and Workers Party of India won three seats each. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) picked up one seat, while the AIMIM won one seat and was leading in one more. 
 
The Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and the Samajwadi Party picked up one seat each. Independents bagged seven seats.
 
The results and trends in Maharashtra clearly pointed to a coalition government headed by the BJP in the state. In previous governments in the state in coalition with the Shiv Sena, the BJP was the junior partner but now, in a switch of roles, it has the upper hand.
 
Since their break-up before the polls, both parties have been making some conciliatory noises in recent days and the Shiv Sena today said that it was upto the BJP to make the first move as far as a possible coalition was concerned.
 
The NCP, meanwhile, offered outside support to the BJP. NCP leader and former Union Minister Praful Patel told reporters that the BJP was the single largest party in the assembly and the NCP had decided to offer it support from outside in the interest of a stable and progressive government in Maharashtra, one that would also have good relations with the Centre.
 
For the BJP, it is its best ever electoral performance in state elections in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
BJP President Amit Shah, who had played a key role in the party's Lok Sabha election win, said the results had taken it two steps ahead in its mission of a "Congress-free India".
 
He said the victory was a vote of approval for the work done by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
 
He said the results also proved that the "Modi wave" in the country had become a "tsunami" that had demolised the opposition.
 
On the question of government formation in Maharashtra, he said, "Wait for sometime... the BJP is the single largest party and, therefore, it is our right to form the government.”
 
He also asserted that it was not the BJP which had broken off its alliance with the Shiv Sena ahead of the elections.
 
Mr Modi, who had campaigned hard and addressed several election rallies in both states, said the results were "historic" and a matter of "immense happiness and pride" for the BJP. He saluted the party's workers for their efforts.
 
"Thanks to the people of Haryana for giving us the opportunity to fulfil their dreams & to take Haryana's development journey to new heights.
 
"We are committed to Maharashtra's progress & creating a Maharashtra the world will be proud of," he said in posts on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accepted the electoral verdict in both states.
 
“The Congress Party accepts the election verdict delivered by the people of Maharashtra and Haryana with humility and resolves to play a constructive and vigilant role," Ms Gandhi said.
 
"The people of Maharashtra and Haryana trusted us with their mandate thrice and twice respectively. We hope that the parties forming the Government will fulfill the promises that they made.
 
"We thank our supporters and voters for having stood by us, and our workers for their tireless and unstinting commitment to the party and its ideology," she added.
 
Mr Gandhi noted that the people had voted for change, after 15 years of Congress government in Maharashtra and ten years in Haryana.
 
"I congratulate the BJP on their success. I thank our supporters for having stood by us and the party workers for their commitment to the party. The Congress party will work hard on the ground to once again earn the confidence of the people," he added.
 
Counting of votes was also held today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and three Assembly constituencies.
 
The Kandhamal seat was won by Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), while the BJP's candidate Pritam Munde was leading in Beed.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
In the Assembly bye-elections, the Kanubari seat in Arunachal Pradesh was won by the Congress, Rajkot West in Gujarat by the BJP and Kairana in Uttar Pradesh by the Samajwadi Party.
 
The other seats where bye-elections were held are Hiyanglam in Manipur and Northern Angami-II in Nagland. Counting of votes will be taken up there on October 20.
 
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In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states. Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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BJP set to wrest power for first time in Haryana, falls short in Maharashtra

The BJP was poised to wrest power for the first time in Haryana but will fall short of a majority in Maharashtra as counting of votes progressed today in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.

 
Initial celebations for BJP start
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was poised to wrest power for the first time in Haryana but will fall short of a majority on its own in Maharashtra as counting of votes progressed today in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.
 
The counting of votes began at 8 am and the results and trends so far showed that the BJP had won 43 seats and was leading in five others in the 90-member Haryana assembly.
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was placed second, having won 18 seats and leading in one more.
 
The Congress, which has been ruling the state for the last ten years, had won 13 seats and was ahead in two others.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) won two seats and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) one seat. Independents won four seats and were leading in one more.
 
In Maharashtra, the BJP had won 66 seats and was ahead in 56 others, 22 short of the half-way mark of 144 in the 288-member assembly.
 
The Shiv Sena, which was an ally of the BJP for a quarter of a century before the two parted ways just ahead of the elections, bagged 37 seats and was leading in 23 more.
 
The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years in partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before separating in the days before the polls, won 30 seats and was ahead in 13 more, while the NCP was equally placed, having won 20 seats and leading in 23 more.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), headed by Raj Thackeray, a cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, had to remain content with one seat.
 
The Peasants and Workers Party of India won three seats. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) picked up one seat, while the AIMIM won one seat and was leading in one more. The Bahujan Vikas Aghadi won one seat and was leading in two more.
 
The Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and Rashtriya Samaj Paksha picked up one seat each, while the Samajwadi Party was leading in one seat. Independents bagged six seats and were ahead in one more.
 
Counting of votes was also held today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and three Assembly constituencies.
 
The Kandhamal seat was won by Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), while the BJP's candidate Pritam Munde was leading in Beed.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
In the Assembly bye-elections, the Kanubari seat in Arunachal Pradesh was won by the Congress, Rajkot West in Gujarat by the BJP and Kairana in Uttar Pradesh by the Samajwadi Party.
 
The other seats where bye-elections were held are Hiyanglam in Manipur and Northern Angami-II in Nagland. Counting of votes will be taken up there on October 20.
 
In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
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Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections had given it hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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BJP set to wrest power in Haryana, but falls short of majority in Maharashtra

The BJP appeared set to wrest power in Haryana but may fall far short of a majority on its own in Maharashtra as counting of votes began in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.

Initial celebations for BJP start
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set to wrest power in Haryana but may fall far short of a majority on its own in Maharashtra as counting of votes began in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.
 
The counting of votes began at 8 am and trends so far showed that the BJP had won six seats and was leading in 46 others in the 90-member Haryana assembly.
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was placed second, having won two seats and leading in 16 others.
 
The Congress, which has been ruling the state for the last ten years, had won three seats and was ahead in 10 others.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) was leading in two seats, while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) bagged one seat.
 
In Maharashtra, the BJP had won three seats and was leading in 110 others, far short of the half-way mark of 144 in the 288-member assembly.
 
The Shiv Sena, which was an ally of the BJP for a quarter of a century before the two parted ways just ahead of the elections had won four seats and was ahead in 53 others.
 
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The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years in partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before separating in the days before the polls, won one seat and was ahead in 41 others. The NCP was better placed, picking up two seats and leading in 47 others.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), headed by Raj Thackeray, a cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, had won one seat and was leading in another. Independents and others were leading in 25 other seats for which trends were available.
 
In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
Exit polls had predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
Counting of votes was also held today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
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The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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BJP heads for majority in Haryana, will fall short in Maharashtra

The BJP appeared set to acquire a majority on its own in Haryana but may fall far short of the half-way mark in Maharashtra as countng of votes began on Sunday in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre.

 
Counting of votes begins in Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly polls
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today appeared set to acquire a majority on its own in Haryana but may fall far short of the half-way mark in Maharashtra as countng of votes began today in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which catapulted it to power at the Centre with an overwhelming victory.
 
The counting of votes began at 8 am and early trends showed that the BJP had won one seat and was leading in 46 others in the 90-member Haryana assembly.
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) of former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was placed second, leading in 20 seats. The Congress, which has been ruling the state for the last ten years, had won one seat and was ahead in 11 others.
 
The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) was leading in three seats, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in two, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in one and independents in five others.
 
In Maharashtra, the BJP had won one seat and was leading in 113 others, far short of the half-way mark of 144 in the 288-member assembly.
 
The Shiv Sena, which was an ally of the BJP for a quarter of a century before the two parted ways just ahead of the elections had won two seats and was ahead in 54 others.
 
The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years in partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before separating in the days before the polls, was leading in 45 seats. The NCP had established leads in 40 seats.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), headed by Raj Thackeray, a cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, had won one seat and was leading in another. Independents and others were leading in 29 other seats for which trends were available.
 
In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
Exit polls have predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
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The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
Counting of votes was also held today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
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The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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BJP takes early leads in Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly elections

The BJP surged ahead of its rivals in 103 seats in Maharashtra and 43 seats in Haryana as countng of votes began on Sunday morning in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the Lok Sabha elections which brought it to power at the Centre with an overwhelming victory.

 
Counting of votes begins in Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly polls
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead of its rivals in 103 seats in Maharashtra and 43 seats in Haryana as countng of votes began this morning in the elections to the legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the party to power at the Centre with an overwhelming victory.
 
The counting of votes began at 8 am and early trends, which became available soon after, showed that the BJP had taken leads in 103 of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly.
 
The Shiv Sena, which was an ally of the BJP for a quarter of a century before the two parted ways just ahead of the elections, was ahead in 53 seats.
 
The Congress, which had ruled the state for 15 years in partnership with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before separating in the days before the polls, was leading in 48. The NCP had established leads in 40 seats.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), headed by Raj Thackeray, a cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, was leading in four seats.
 
In Harayana, the BJP had established leads in 43 of the 90 seats in the Assembly, while the Congress was ahead in 16.
 
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), headed by former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, was leading in 15 seats and the Haryana Janhit Congress in one.
 
In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
Exit polls have predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
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Counting of votes also began today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it some hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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Counting of votes begins in Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly elections

Counting of votes began on Sunday morning in the elections to the legislative assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana, the first states to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with an overwhelming victory.

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Counting of votes began this morning in the elections to the legislative assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana, the first states to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with an overwhelming victory.
 
The counting of votes began at 8 am and early trends are likely to be available in a couple of hours and all the results are expected to be in by this evening.
 
In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
Exit polls have predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
Counting of votes also began today in the bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it some hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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Counting of votes on Sunday in Maharashtra, Haryana Assembly elections

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Counting of votes will be taken up on Sunday in the elections to the legislative assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana, the first states to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with an overwhelming victory.
 
The counting of votes will begin at 8 am tomorrow and early trends are likely to be available in a couple of hours and all the results are expected to be in by evening.
 
In the polling held on October 15, Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 76.54 per cent while 63.13 per cent of the electorate voted in Maharashtra.
 
Exit polls have predicted that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
Counting will also be held tomorrow for bye-elections held on October 15 for  two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it some hope of wresting power in both states.
 
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The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats in Maharashtra. 
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years. The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
In Haryana, there were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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Rajnath urges Karnataka, Haryana to ensure safety of all citizens, including those from NE

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddharamaiah and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki today and requested them act against miscreants responsible for attacks against citizens from the North-East.
 
Mr Singh told them that law and order must be maintained under all circumstances and to ensure the safety of all citzens, including those hailing from the North-East.
 
He said the Centre was committed to provide security to all the citizens living in the country.
 
"In the last couple of days, some unpleasant incidents of attacks by the miscreants on the citizens from the North East India have been reported in Bangalore and Gurgaon, and it is a matter of concern," he said.
 
An official press release said three persons found to be involved in the Bangalore incident had been arrested by the Karnataka Police.
 
In Haryana, three persons have been arrested in connection with the Gurgaon incident.
 
Both the State Governments have issued directions to the police to deal with such miscreants strictly, it said.
 
Bangalore Police and Haryana Police have taken a number of security measures for ensuring the security of the people including those hailing from the North East. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent advisories to the State Governments and Union Territories in this regard, the release added.
 
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Record 73% turnout in Haryana assembly polls, 62% in Maharashtra

A record 73% of the electorate turned out in Haryana and about 62% in Maharashtra to exercise their franchise in crucial elections for new state legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the BJP to power at the Centre with an overwhelming majority.

 
Peaceful polling in Maharashtra and Haryana for Assembly seats
A record 73 per cent of the electorate turned out in Haryana and about 62 per cent in Maharashtra to exercise their franchise in crucial elections for new state legislative assemblies in the two states, the first to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power at the Centre with an overwhelming majority.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on October 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The elections were held a month after the BJP suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in its bastions of Rajasthan and Gujarat in bye-elections held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in ten states.
 
Those results had come as bad news for the BJP after it had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August.
 
Polling began at 7 am this morning in both states, except in some constituencies in the Left-wing extremism affected areas of Maharashtra, where it concluded three hours earlier due to security reasons.
 
Election Commission officials said in Delhi that 54.5 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise by 5 pm, and the final percentage of voting was expected to be more than 62.
 
In Haryana, an estimated 73 per cent of the electorate had cast their votes by 6 pm.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful in both states. There were two incidents in Maharashtra's Naxalism-affected district of Gadchiroli. In one, a CRPF constable was injured when a polling party returning at the end of polling was attacked by a mine blast and firing. The constable was rushed to a hospital in Nagpur for treatment. In the other incident, also in the same district, there was an exchange of fire between Naxalites and security forces but no one was reported injured and polling was not affected.
 
Long queues of voters were seen at many places in both states, with people turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.,
 
Along with the Assembly elections in the two states, bye-elections were held for two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
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The BJP had made a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it some hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
There are a total of 83538114 eligible voters in Maharashtra, including 44026401 men and 39363011 women.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, were in the fray for the 288 seats.
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties went it alone after long years.
 
The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, contested 287 seats, while the BJP put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
There are a total of 16318577 voters in Haryana, including 8737116 men and 7479439 women.
 
There were 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly. The ruling Congress contested all 90 seats as did the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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Maharashtra, Haryana go to the polls to elect new legislative assemblies

Polling began this morning to elect new state legislative assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana, the first states to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with an overwhelming majority.

 
Peaceful polling in Maharashtra and Haryana for Assembly seats
Polling began this morning to elect new state legislative assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana, the first states to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with an overwhelming majority.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on October 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
Polling began at 7 am tomorrow and end at 6 pm in both states, except in some constituencies in the Left-wing extremism affected areas of Maharashtra, where it will end three hours earlier due to security reasons.
 
Long queues of voters were seen at many places in both states, with people turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.,
 
Along with the Assembly elections in the two states, bye-elections are being held for two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections are being held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
The BJP is making a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance ruled for the past 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it some hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
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There are a total of 83538114 eligible voters in Maharashtra, including 44026401 men and 39363011 women.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women, are in the fray for the 288 seats.
 
The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties have gone it alone after long years.
 
The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, is contesting 287 seats, while the BJP has put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena has fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
There are a total of 16318577 voters in Haryana, including 8737116 men and 7479439 women.
 
There are 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly.
 
The ruling Congress is contesting all 90 seats as is the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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Maharashtra, Haryana to go to the polls on Wednesday

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Polling will be held tomorrow to elect new state legislative assemblies in Maharashtra and Haryana, the first states to go to the polls after the April-May Lok Sabha elections in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had scored an overwhelmingvictory.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on October 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
Polling will begin at 7 am tomorrow and end at 6 pm in both states, except in some constituencies in Left-wing extremism affected areas of Maharashtra, where it will end three hours earlier due to security reasons.
 
Along with the Assembly elections in the two states, bye-elections will be held for two Lok Sabha seats -- Beed in Maharashra and Kandhamal in Odisha -- and five Assembly constituencies.
 
The Beed seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP leader and Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
 
The five Assembly constituencies where bye-elections will be held are Kanubari in Arunachal Pradesh, Hiyanglam in Manipur, Northern Angami-II in Nagland, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Rajkot West in Gujarat.
 
The BJP is making a strong bid to capture power in both Maharashtra, where the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance has been ruling for 15 years, and Haryana, where the Congress has been in power since March 2005. The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections have given it some hope of wresting power in both states.
 
The term of the present Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 8 and that of the Haryana Assembly on October 27.
 
Of the 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, 29 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 25 for Scheduled Tribes (STs). Of the 90 seats in the Haryana Assembly, 17 are reserved for SCs.
 
There are a total of 83538114 eligible voters in Maharashtra, including 44026401 men and 39363011 women.
 
In all, 4119 candidates, including 276 women are in the fray, for the 288 seats.
 
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The two main alliances in the state -- Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and BJP-Shiv Sena -- broke up just before the elections and all four parties have gone it alone after long years.
 
The Congress, which was heading the ruling coalition till the state was brought under President's rule recently, is contesting 287 seats, while the BJP has put up candidates in 280. The Shiv Sena has fielded 282 candidates and the NCP 278.
 
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has fielded 219 candidates, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP 260, the Communist Party of India (CPI) 34 and the CPM 19.
 
There are a total of 16318577 voters in Haryana, including 8737116 men and 7479439 women.
 
There are 1531 candidates in the fray, including 109 women, for the 90 seats in the Assembly.
 
The ruling Congress is contesting all 90 seats as is the BJP. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has put up 88 candidates, the BSP 87, the CPI 14, the CPM 17 and the HJC (BL) 65.
 
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EC says no poll code violation by Haryana govt. in Vadra land deal

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The Election Commission (EC) has told the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that, from the facts made available to it by the Haryana government, there did not seem to be any violation of the Model Code of Conduct by the state government in the matter of a land deal involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.
 
The EC's observation came in a letter dated October 8 in response to a complaint filed by the BJP in which it was alleged that the Haryana government had validated the mutation of land sold to DLF Universal Limited by Skylight Hospitality, owned by Mr Vadra, after the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct that came into affect after the announcement of the October 15 elections to the state legislative assembly.
 
The Commission said it had enquired into and examined the matter by calling for the reports from the concerned departments of the state government.
 
According to it, the report dated October 7 received from the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana, Town and Country Planning Department, stated that "the decision on the request for renewal and transfer of licence in favour of DLF Ltd is pending in the Department since October, 2012, for want of clarification regarding the issue of ownership."
 
"The Department has sought this clarification from the Director General, Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records, which is yet to be received and hence the request for transfer and renewal of licence is pending in the Department on which no action has been taken since then," he said.
 
The Financial Commissioner has also stated that "it is clarified neither any allegation about any action taken by the Town & Country Planning Department has made in the news reports, nor any action on the subject matter has been taken in the Town & Country Planning Department either during the period of operation of Model Code of Conduct or before imposition of such Code."
 
The Commission said the Director, Consolidation of Holdings, Haryana had also stated, in his report of October 7, that "it is also clarified that no action has been taken by this office on the above-mentioned subject after Model Code of Conduct came into force on 13.9.2014." He has also added that "the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaonhas informed telephonically that no action has been taken by his office in this regard after 13.9.2014."
 
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The Commission said the Chief Secretary of Haryana had also confirmed this "factual position" in the matter.
 
"From the above facts as made available by the State Government, there does not seem to be any violation of the Model Code of Conduct by the Government of Haryanain the above matter after the coming into force of Model Code of Conduct from 13th September, 2014," the Commisison said in its letter to the BJP.
 
"However, in case you have any further or additional information in this regard, you may furnish the same to the Commission," the letter added.
 
Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Commission appeared to have not been apprised of the full facts in the matter.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue during his election meetings in Haryana in recent days and urged the EC to look into it.
 
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