By-Elections In 18 States Along With Haryana, Maharashtra Assembly Polls…….

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         Voting in the northern state of Haryana and western state of Maharashtra, home to the financial hub of Mumbai, will be on October 21, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said. Votes will be counted on October 24, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in both of the states. The party won all of the seats in Haryana in the May general election. While the term of 288-member Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9, that of the 90-member Haryana assembly expires on November 2. The ruling BJP and its ally Shiv Sena have already jump-started their campaign in Maharashtra, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis taking out a Maha Jan Aadesh Yatra last month to reach out to voters in the state. The outreach programme was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. Apart from Karnataka, by-elections will be held across Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, MP, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, on October 21. Counting will take place on October 24. Fifteen seats in Karnataka — the seats that fell vacant after Karnataka MLAs were disqualified–will go for by polls on October 21.”Candidates will be allowed to spend Rs. 28 lakh on poll expenses,” CEC Sunil Arora says