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Haryana Assembly Elections this year saw many a past practices being abandoned and some new ones coming to fore. It all began from the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 and continued in the October 15 Assembly Elections. That it all happened in a state with a poor boy-girl sex ratio shows change is the only thing that is permanent. We take you through the Assembly Polls in Haryana: Also Read - Maharashtra MMRDA Recruitment 2021: 127 Vacancies For Various Engineer Posts Notified | Check Pay Scale, Job Details Here
1. The Good – Women out-do Men: Also Read - Vaccination Drive Suspended in Maharashtra Till Monday Due to CoWin App Glitches
Call it a co-incidence or sign of things to come the female voters in Haryana out-did their male counterparts. Inspite of Haryana being a patriarchal society, in four districts of Bhiwani, Jind, Kurukshetra and Mahendergarh more female voters voted than male voters. In the remaining six districts (Ambala, Kaithal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, Fatehabad and Hisar) the women voters were not too far away in numbers from men. The voting percentage for women was 75.87 %, a tad lower than the 77.11 percent recorded by male voters.
2. The Bad- Cash and Liquor:
It has been a tradition for long to buy votes by distributing cash and liquor few days before the actual polling day. The Election Commission-appointed flying squads and mobile teams seized Rs 48,60,500 cash and also recovered over 1000 bottles of liquor. Too less for a state like Haryana, eh?
3. The Ugly – Chautala Cheats/Decieves:
INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, guilty of recruiting 3,000 teachers illegally and being convict of 10 years imprisonment, was granted bail on health grounds by the court. The CBI asked the INLD supremo to explain how an ailing Chautala is campaigning day-in and day-out for his party? The Delhi High Court cancelled his interim bail and Chautala had to surrender himself in Tihar Jail.
4. Blast From The Past: 2009 Assembly Elections:
In the previous edition of Haryana Assembly Elections in the year 2009, the results were favour in Congress. Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress party swept the state elections by winning 40 seats. OP Chautala’s INLD stood second on the list by winning 31 seats. BJP didn’t had much presence in the state then as it won 4 seats and finished fourth on the list behind behind Independents and HJC.
5. Last Time Haryana Voted: 2014 Lok Sabha Elections:
The last time the electorate of Haryana went to polling, it spelt disaster for the Congress party. The 2014 Lok Sabha Elections saw Congress party reduced to a sole seat in the 10 seat-share in the Upper House. BJP rode on Modi Wave and won with a thumping margin. BJP won 7 seats, whereas INLD could bag only two seats. Will the current mood prevail this time around too?
6. Poll-Battles : Key candidates to square-off
Haryana would have seen such aggressive campaigning in an Assembly Election in the state for the very first time. Heads of all party carried out rally one after other in order to throw muck and sling mud on opponents. The poll-battle is a very interesting one with many heavyweights trying to stamp their authority; be it a three-way battle in Ambala, and Mahendragarh, Sirsa, and Karnal or four-cornered contest in Barwala Gurgaon, and Hisar.
7. Likely Chief Ministers: Who governs Haryana?
With votes being already cast and exit polls doing the rounds already, it gives a sleek idea of what the actual results will be all about. So far there are three names of three different parties are brewing up. If the BJP wins, Captain Abhimanyu Singh is the most likely chief ministerial candidate of the party. For Congress and INLD, it needs no guessing as Bhupinder Singh Hooda and OP Chautala would be the chief ministers if their parties win, which is unlikely to happen.
8. Current Mood – Voter Turn-Out:
The people of Haryana voted in record-breaking numbers, as 76% voters came out to vote, a significant 4% up from the 2014 General Elections and 5% up from the 2009 Assembly Elections. During the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections, the voter turnout was 71.41%. It stood at 72.29% during the Haryana Assembly Elections 2009.
9. Numbers Game – Exit Polls:
All the exit polls are in favour of BJP in Haryana. While Times Now-C Voter has predicted BJP as a single largest party; ABP-Nielsen and Today’s Chankaya have went one step ahead and said that the saffron party could form the government of its own. The other major news the exit polls have predicted that is the Congress party will slip to third position, even behind INLD.
10. Surprise Element – Honey Singh:
To reach out to the young voters in the state, the main opposition party INLD chief OP Chautala roped in none other than Yo Yo Honey Singh. Would you believe it? Honey Singh also launched a music video urging Haryana’s youth to vote for INLD. The song reads, “Haryana is where food comprises milk and ghee. On INLD’s victory, entire Haryana will dance and Yo Yo will dance along.”
11. Missing Factor – Arvind Kejriwal:
One thing that was sorely missed in the Haryana Assembly Elections was Arvind Kejriwal. After a whirlwind campaign in the 2014 General Elections, one would have expected Kejriwal to campaign even more aggressively in the state Assembly Elections. However, AAP had long ago refused to participate in the elections after the disastrous show in Lok Sabha Elections.
12. Mystery – Robert Vadra:
“Ye Robert Vadra hai kya?” asked my colleague when he saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi raking the issue for the umpteenth time. I was myself puzzled as to why is Modi raising the matter time and again. If the Finance Ministry is not serious in taking down the case of Vadra Scams, why raise the topic in the first place? Mysterious, right?
13. Amusing Thing – Sabse Aage Haryana:
If one thought INLD had hit a six getting Honey Singh on board, Congress went a step ahead and released peppy and uber cool title “Sabe Aage Haryana, Number One Pe Haryana.” Trust me, once you listen to this song, it is sure that you would mince the lyrics for one whole day.