Chandigarh, Oct 21 (UNI) Voting began peacefully at 0700 hrs on Monday at 19,578 polling stations, spread over 90 Assembly constituencies of Haryana. The fate of 1,168 candidates would be decided by over 1.83 crore voters, including 85 lakh women and 252 transgenders, who would exercise their franchise in the one of the biggest festivals of democracy.
Tight security arrangements were made to ensure the process was peaceful and fair, with over 75,000 security personnel mobilised for the polls. In Haryana, the main contest is seen among the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress and the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP). Currently, BJP has 48 MLAs in the 90-member House.
Besides, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Swaraj India, Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) and Shiromani Akali Dal will also test waters in the polls. As many as 118 candidates will battle it out in Hisar district, followed by 72 in Sonipat, 71 in Bhiwani, 69 in Faridadbad, 66 in Sirsa, 63 in Jind, 59 in Karnal, 58 each in Jhajjar and Rohtak, 57 in Kaithal and 54 in Gurugram.
Besides, 50 nominees are in the fray in Fatehabad, followed by 46 in Yamunanagar, 45 in Mahendergarh, 44 in Kurukshetra, 41 in Rewari, 40 in Panipat, 36 in Ambala, 35 each in Mewat and Palwal, 27 in Charkhi Dadri and 24 in Panchkula.
Results will be announced on October 24.