Polling begins in Maharashtra, Haryana

Polling to elect Maharashtra and Haryana assemblies kickstarted at 7 am today with the electoral fate of over 4400 candidates- 1169 in Haryana and 3237 in Maharashtra will be sealed in EVMs.

Bypolls is also being held to 51 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states.

Maharashtra is witnessing an intense contest between two coalitions - BJP-Shiv Sena and 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP.

In Haryana, the assembly election will witness a multi-cornered contest among BJP, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP). Both BJP and Congress are contesting on 90 seats, BSP 87, four from the CPI 4, CPI-M 7, NCP 1, INLD 81, Independents 375 and 434 other candidates are in the fray.