Latest News: Assembly Elections 2009
October 13, 2009, 19:29: Congress-MNS workers clash in Nashik, police fire in air

October 13, 2009, 19:24: Reinforcements have been airdashed to Malewada in Armouri constituency of Gadchiroli district of Maharahtra where around 25 polling and police personnel are held up after their return routes were blocked by the Maoists.

October 13, 2009, 19:23: 58 percent polling in Vidarbha in Maharashtra

October 13, 2009, 19:22: 60 percent polling in Kolhapur in Maharashtra

October 13, 2009, 18:56: 60 percent polling in Maharashtra, 66 in Haryana and 72 in Arunachal Pradesh: CEC

October 13, 2009, 18:11: TV channel IBN-Lokmat has made a projection 'based on ground analysis of electoral trends in Maharashtra.' Congress-NCP combine is projected to get between 135 and 145 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly. In 2004 the combine had 142 seats (71 – 71). This time Congress is set to win more seat. According to the projection, between 75 and 85 seats. And NCP between 55 and 65 seats. BJP-Shiv Sena set to win between 105 and 115(57-62 in 2004). BJP is likely to lose seats. The exit poll projection gives BJP between 45 and 55 seats and the Shiv Sena 55-65 seats. MNS is projected to make its electoral debut in the assembly with anything between eight and 12 seats.

October 13, 2009, 17:31: An estimated 70 per cent of the electorate today cast their votes peacefully in the election to 57 of the 60-seats in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly

October 13, 2009, 17:28: Around 65 percent polling reported in Haryana till 5 pm

October 13, 2009, 17:26: Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Gulzar turned out in full force to vote in the Maharashtra assembly polls and sent a message--election is a tool of change and don't waste your ballot. The stars also included Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham who waited in queue patiently for their turn to vote.

October 13, 2009, 17:14: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, alongwith wife and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, cast their vote in Juhu in Mumbai.

October 13, 2009, 17:04: Pune records 36 percent polling till 3pm. Polls were held peacefully, the police said.

October 13, 2009, 16:55: Sporadic incidents of violence, bogus voting and violation of code of conduct were reported on Tuesday from some parts of Mumbai during the state assembly polls which was by and large peaceful, the police said

October 13, 2009, 16:50: Declare a candidate winner only if he gets 51 percent votes, says Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan after exercising his franchise in suburban Bandra in Mumbai

October 13, 2009, 16:45: Around 55 per cent of Haryana's 1.31 crore voters had cast their votes till 4 pm.

October 13, 2009, 16:21: 50 percent votes polled in Haryana till 3 pm

October 13, 2009, 16:21: 40 percent votes polled in Maharashtra till 3 pm

October 13, 2009, 15:55: Around 70 per cent votes were cast in Arunachal Pradesh, as polling for 57 of the 60 Assembly seats ended peacefully

October 13, 2009, 15:53: Around 70 per cent votes were cast in Arunachal Pradesh today as polling for 57 of the 60 assembly seats ended peacefully.

October 13, 2009, 15:22: Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Sajjan Singh says polling in the state has by and large been peaceful, barring a couple of incidents of violence.

October 13, 2009, 15:07: The anger among residents of Dhom village in Satara district of Maharashtra over the delay in handing over the body of Sub-Inspector Chandrashekhar Deshmukh, killed in the October 8 Naxal attack, manifested today with the entire village boycotting the polls

October 13, 2009, 14:51: Haryana registers a voter turnout of over 40 per cent till 2pm

October 13, 2009, 14:44: Union Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh casts his vote along with family members in Babhalgaon village

October 13, 2009, 14:21: Polling staff found it difficult to reach their destination in interiors of Gadchiroli as Naxals had placed logs at various places on the road besides digging some roads. The 5 polling stations are Wamanpalli, Madveli, Yechvali, Kyere and Manorajaram

October 13, 2009, 14:17: Polling officials fail to reach 5 stations in interior Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, which were made inaccessible by the Naxals, polling officials in Nagpur said.

October 13, 2009, 13:56: "The Marathi issue has been raised for political mileage. Mumbai's concerns are issues faced by the common man. Mumbaikars are special because they vote with all enthusiasm," says lyricist Gulzar

October 13, 2009, 13:31: Updating earlier figure: About 45 per cent voters exercised their franchise till noon in Arunachal Pradesh. It may be noted that Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and two other Congress candidates have already been elected unopposed from the three seats in Tawang district.

October 13, 2009, 13:24: Polling was suspended at Borgaon in Korchi taluka of Gadchiroli after firing by Naxalites. The Maoists had opened fire near Kasansur in Aheri block and Bonde in Korchi taluka of Gadchiroli shortly before polling commenced

October 13, 2009, 13:06: Despite the Maoist threat, people in Gadchiroli are turning up in large numbers at polling booths, say television reports

October 13, 2009, 13:03: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has deployed 7800 buses in the state on election duty

October 13, 2009, 13:01: 20 per cent polling in Maharashtra and Haryana till noon

October 13, 2009, 13:01: 25 per cent votes cast in Arunachal Pradesh till noon

October 13, 2009, 12:42: Hockey sticks and pamphlets were also seized from Naik's vehicle. Naik was arrested under various IPC Sections and also under Section 126 of Representation of People Act.

October 13, 2009, 12:30: Shiv Sena candidate from Kudal-Malwan constituency Vaibhav Naik, who is pitted again Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane has been arrested along with 15 of his supporters for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by luring voters with money.

October 13, 2009, 12:26: The Shiv Sena-BJP stands a good chance of wresting power because the people of the state are fed up of the 'inefficient' Congress-NCP combine, says Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi

October 13, 2009, 12:25: The Election Commission has made special arrangements for the live coverage of the process in 11 polling stations in as many assembly constituencies situated in far flung areas in Arunachal Pradesh.

October 13, 2009, 12:13: Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, after casting his vote in Mumbai, has appealed to the people of the state to come out and vote.

October 13, 2009, 11:54: People of Maharashtra should show those trying to divide Marathi votes, their proper place. Show them (those seeking to divide Marathi votes) that you are all Sena voters and won't tolerate any split in Marathi votes, says Bal Thackeray, in a veiled attack on MNS chief Raj Thackeray

October 13, 2009, 11:52: Around 21 per cent polling reported in the first four hours of voting in Maharashtra.

October 13, 2009, 11:51: Bollywood stars John Abraham, lyricist Javed Akhtar and his actress wife Shabana Azmi were among the early voters who exercised their franchise for the assembly elections in Maharashtra. John voted in Bandra, while Akhtar and Shabana cast their votes in Juhu in suburban Mumbai. Actors Prem Chopra, Rahul Bose and Nagma also cast their vote.

October 13, 2009, 11:49: Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued against booth capturers or those attempting to damage EVMs in Papumpare district and in Arunachal Pradesh's capital Itanagar

October 13, 2009, 11:35: MNS chief Raj Thackeray cast his vote at a polling booth at Balmohan Vidyamandir in central Mumbai's Dadar area.

October 13, 2009, 11:34: Maharashtra will see the exit of Congress-NCP government and ushering in of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, says Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray

October 13, 2009, 11:28: Polling has been stopped in Kasanur in Aheri block of Gadchiroli district of Maharshtra following incidents of firing.

October 13, 2009, 11:27: Key issues in Maharashtra: 1) Price rise 2) Infrastructure 3) Security 4) Farmer suicides and agrarian woes

October 13, 2009, 11:27: The swing factors in Maharashtra: 1) 10-year anti incumbency 2) Migrant vote 3) Rebel candidates 4) MNS and the Third Front

October 13, 2009, 11:24: NCP chief Sharad Pawar rules out the possibility of any post-poll alliance with Raj Thackeray's MNS

October 13, 2009, 11:15: A polling agent was killed in a clash between supporters of rival candidates in Gulha assembly constituency in Kaithal district of Haryana. The clash took place between supporters of Congress candidate Dillu Ram and Independent candidate Kulwant Bazigar in Gulha.

October 13, 2009, 11:14: Nearly 10 per cent electorate cast their votes during the first three hours of polling in Haryana

October 13, 2009, 11:09: A polling agent has been killed in a group clash in Gulha reserved constituency in Haryana's Kaithal district

October 13, 2009, 11:09: Polling in Thane in Maharashtra began on a dull note where more than 67 lakh voters are to elect their 24 representatives to the state assembly. As the polling began only few voters were seen at the booths in various parts of the city for nearly an hour.

October 13, 2009, 11:03: Polling has been peaceful so far in Arunachal. Brisk polling was reported from insurgency prone Tirap district, declared disturbed under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Around 600 central paramilitary forces were deployed in Tirap.

October 13, 2009, 11:02: Fifteen per cent polling was recorded in the first three hours of polling for the 60-member Arunachal assembly

October 13, 2009, 10:49: In Mumbai's suburban Bandra, Congress MLA Janardhan Chandurkar is questioned by police over allegations that he distributed money to lure voters.

October 13, 2009, 10:38: Low to moderate turnout is being reported in the first few hours of polling in the three states.

October 13, 2009, 10:37: In Haryana, at least 10 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling for 90 assembly constituencies, election officials said.

October 13, 2009, 10:36: The polling in Maharashtra was marred by an incident of firing at a polling party in Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district.

October 13, 2009, 10:36: Around seven per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling for the 288-member Maharashtra assembly.

October 13, 2009, 10:11: Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule, accompanied by supporters, cast their vote in a polling station in hometown Baramati in Pune district.

October 13, 2009, 10:10: Union Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, industrialist Anil Ambani, Mumbai Police chief D Sivanandan and BCCI chief Shashank Manohar were among the early voters in the Maharashtra polls.

October 13, 2009, 9:37: The Election Commission has deployed four helicopters in Maoist affected Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district to transport men and material for the elections process.

October 13, 2009, 8:21: The voting begins at 0700 hours will conclude at 1700 hours.

October 13, 2009, 8:19: In Maharashtra, the fate of 3,559 candidates, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, his deputy Chhagan Bhujbal and 37 ministers will be decided by an electorate of 7,56,34,525.

October 13, 2009, 8:18: Prominent contestants in Haryana include Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his ministerial colleagues -- Birender Singh, Kiran Choudhry and Randeep Singh Surjewala, former Chief Minister and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, INLD's Secretary General Ajay Chautala, State BJP chief Krishan Pal Gujjar, State BSP chief Prakash Bharti and Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi.

October 13, 2009, 8:18: In Haryana, the major parties in the fray include Congress, BJP, Indian National Lok Dal, BSP and Haryana Janhit Congress.

October 13, 2009, 8:17: In Arunachal, the Congress has put up its candidates in all 60 seats. UPA allies, NCP and Trinamool Congress, have put up 36 and 26 candidates respectively. The Trinamool Congress is contesting for the very first time in the state.

October 13, 2009, 8:15: In Haryana, 1,222 candidates, including 67 women and 461 Independents, are in the race. 12,894 polling booths will choose 90 members to the state assembly.

October 13, 2009, 8:14: In Arunachal Pradesh, the polls are being held only for 57 out of 60 seats as the candidates of Tawang, Mukto and Lumla were elected unopposed.

October 13, 2009, 8:14: In Maharashtra, 82,028 polling booths have been set up for the 288 assembly seats. For the Maharashtra assembly, 3,559 contestants including 211 women and 1,820 Independents are in the fray.

October 13, 2009, 8:12: Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Election Commission which has taken special measures to ensure peaceful polling, particularly in naxal-hit areas of Maharashtra.

October 13, 2009, 8:12: The EC has deployed 18,000 central police forces in Maharashtra alone to ensure peaceful polling. The over four week-long electioneering saw top leaders of Congress, BJP and other major players of regional parties hitting the campaign trail.

October 13, 2009, 8:11: Polling to elect new assemblies in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh began early this morning, in the first crucial test of popularity for major political parties after the Lok Sabha polls six months ago.