In First Poll Since Kashmir And NRC
BJP targets Haryana, Maharashtra
NEW DELHI, Sept 21: The Election Commission today announced dates for assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana, with both BJP-ruled states voting on October 21 in a single-phase exercise and results to be declared on October 24.
The polls are the first since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to success in Lok Sabha polls in April-May. They will also be the first since Prime Minister Modi's government, backed by that majority, pushed through several key pieces of legislation in parliament's monsoon session, much to the consternation of the opposition.
The elections in Maharashtra and Haryana are also the first since key (and controversial) policy decisions such as the withdrawal of Article 370 and the passing of the 'Triple Talaq' bill.
Another issue likely to be key is the NRC exercise that was recently completed in Assam. Political leaders in both Haryana and Maharashtra have called for citizenship verification drives, with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar among those calling for it.
Finally, this will also be the first election since Rahul Gandhi stepped down as Congress president. -NDTV