Voting began on Monday morning in Maharashtra and Haryana where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to win a second term. There are 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra where BJP is contesting in an alliance with the Shiv Sena. In Haryana, there are 90 seats.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Ajit Pawar were among those who cast their votes in the morning.
Casting his vote, Gadkari said that the BJP-Sena will have a record-breaking victory and Fadnavis will be the Chief Minister again.
On the other hand, Piyush Goyal who voted in Mumbai said that the people of Maharashtra will once again opt for the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Devendra Fadnavis. He said that he is confident that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will win around 225 seats adding that the people are with Modi ji and Fadnavis ji. The opposition has lost all credibility.
The BJP is banking on PM Modi’s popularity and Fadnavis’ emergence as a tall leader to sail through in Maharashtra.
PM Modi also tweeted in the morning urging the people to turnout in large numbers and exercise their right to vote. In his tweet, Modi said, “Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers.”