Verdict day today , political fever on rise

Farooq Anwar

vote_womenThe hurly–burly days of political tourism and exit polls will be over on Sunday when the electoral verdicts of Maharashtra and Haryana come out. After the Lok Sabha elections, it was a high voltage election where top political contenders are fighting for electoral margins. Ahead of the counting, a tight security has been made at the counting stations to ensure law and order. Which way the political wind will blow in the political atmosphere of Maharashtra and Haryana is all declared in a while.

Both, Maharashtra and Haryana, witnessed high voter turnouts which is a delightful sign for the democracy. Haryana recorded its highest ever turnout of 73 percent followed by sporadic incidents of violence and booth capturing at some places. . On the other hand Maharashtra, recorded a turnout of 63.4 percent roughly four percent higher than the 2009 assembly polls and the Lok Sabha polls.

The exit polls projected the emergence of BJP as the single largest party in both Maharashtra and Haryana. No doubt, the exit polls earlier prediction will bring some soothing experience in the house of lotus. But the real scene of sorrows and joys will be tasted when the electoral verdicts is in public domain.. Will the exit polls prediction proved exact or not? Will the political pundits and psephologist political calculations  match the results or fall apart? All the political prediction suspense will clear today.

These elections results matter a lot for the BJP who had suffered a successive defeat in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by polls elections.

The BJP with its start star campaigner, Mr. Modi in this election held a series of elections rally one by one in both states. Will the ‘Modi effect’ will continue its magic in this election or fade way? Will the national mainstream political party will dominated over the regional political party? The management skill of Mr. Amit Shah, the BJP chief is also at stake.

For the congress, this election is like a drowning man catches a straw. It is a decisive election for the congress to regain its trust among the voters after the Lok Sabha polls landslide defeat which put the Congress electoral graph to 44 parliamentary seats.
The states are high for political parties involved: BJP, Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

In this assembly polls, Maharashtra received great attention and importance because after the political divorce between BJP-Shiv Sena, Cong-NCP, all the political parties decided to contest elections separately this time. The good will of the top political parties especially the BJP will be tested in these elections.

The prominent candidates in the fray in Maharashtra  elections include former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, former Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, state BJP President Devendra Fadnavis and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse.
Congress has fielded the largest number of 287 candidates; BJP has put up 280, Shiv Sena 282, NCP 278 and MNS 219.

In Haryana too, the BJP is contesting elections solo with PM Narendra Modi as its mascot.

There is a triangular fight in Haryana between the Congress, BJP and INLD.

The main contestants in the poll arena of Haryana includes top guns like Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Randeep Surjewala (Congress), former Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala’s son Abhay, daughter-in-law Naina and grandson Dushyant (INLD), former Union Minister Venod Sharma and his wife Shakti Rani (HJCP-V), former MP Kuldeep Bishnoi, his wife Renuka and elder brother former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan (HJC-BL).

Other main candidates include Haryana BJP President Ram Bilas Sharma and Abhimanyu (BJP), Arvind Sharma (BSP) and Gopal Kanda (HLP), who was booked in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

Counting will be for 288 Maharashtra Assembly as well as 90 Haryana assembly seats.

On Sunday, all political road lead to counting station where sealed EVMs after opening will clear the rise and fall of political empire in Maharashtra and Haryana.