The election in Haryana will witness a contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal and the Jannayak Janata Party for the 90 seats in the state Assembly.
Of the 90 seats, 17 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 73 fall under General category. This division is what comes to be the hallmark of all elections in the agriculture driven state.
The BJP, which gained many seats in the Jat dominated areas in 2014, is expecting to make a return in the state with more than 70 seats. And chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is at the forefront of this. However, the opposition parties are struggling to find unity while battling corruption cases and family feuds.
The 2014 state election saw the BJP gain 47 seats, while the Congress was held back at 15 - a 25 per cent drop in seats won. The INLD managed to get 18 seats.
This election season, the ruling party is committed to playing the National Register of Citizens card as a major poll issue with RSS man Khattar himself committed to this. The opposition parties are tackling the BJP's development and nationalism campaign by propagating about local issues.
The challenge for the BJP, however, remains in the 30 per cent Dalit population of the state. In the previous election, BJP won 9 out of 14 reserved seats.
There are 38 candidates in the fray in Nanded South in Maharashtra. The highest number of candidates from a seat in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections. In the 2014 elections there were 40 candidates in the seat, a record for the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections.
The least number of candidates contesting in the Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections are in Chiplun in Maharashtra. Only 3 candidates are in the fray.