Chandigarh, Oct 21 (GCCurrentAffairs) An estimated 23.12 per cent voting was recorded till 1200 hrs on Monday in Haryana, which went for the Vidhan Sabha polls at 90 Assembly seats.
Pleasant weather, coupled with fog, prevented the early bird voters from reaching their polling stations at 0700 hrs. However, voting gained momentum, as the day progressed.
To ensure the process goes on in a fair and peaceful manner, 75,000 security personnel have been mobilised for the polls. Besides, 130 companies of Central Para Military Forces, 26,896 policemen and 22,806 Home Guard Jawans have been deployed.
Total 1169 candidates are in the fray for the elections, including 105 women nominees. Total 1,83,90,525 electorate would exercise their franchise during the polls, including 85,12,231 women, 252 trans gender and 1,07, 955 service voters, who would vote at 19578 polling stations.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar voted at the Rajkiya Kanya Vidyalaya in Prem Nagar of Karnal. Mr Khattar arrived at his polling booth on a bicycle. Besides, wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Phogat also exercised their voting right.
The main contest is seen among the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the 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 36 candidates will battle it out in Ambala district, while 58 nominees will contest from Jhajjar, 44 in Kurukshetra, 57 in Kaithal, 66 in Sirsa, 118 in Hisar, 46 in Yamunanagar, 45 in Mahendergarh, 27 in Charkhi Dadri, 41 in Rewari, 63 in jind, 24 in Panchkula, 50 in Fatehabad, 58 in Rohtak, 40 in Panipat, 35 in Mewat, 72 in Sonipat, 69 in Faridadbad, 71 in Bhiwani, 59 in Karnal, 54 in Gurgaon and 35 candidates are in fray in Palwal district.