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Elections LIVE: Exit polls give BJP, allies victory in Maharashtra, Haryana

Low to average voter turnout was reported in assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, where the BJP is seeking a second term in power and has predicted an easy victory.

First voter Ajjaib Singh shows his finger after casting vote in Khurkara polling station in Ambala constituency
First voter Ajjaib Singh shows his finger after casting vote in Khurkara polling station in Ambala constituency

Low to average voter turnout was reported as assembly elections closed in Maharashtra and Haryana, where the BJP is seeking a second term in power and has predicted an easy victory. The Congress, which was routed in the Lok Sabha election, is in disarray in both states. Its ally in Maharashtra, Sharad Paward's Nationalist Congress Party, is struggling too. For Maharashtra's 288 seats, the BJP has continued its alliance with Shiv Sena. Uttar Pradesh voting for by-elections in 11 seats, leading to analysts calling it a mini-assembly elctions. Bypolls are being held in 53 seats across 17 states and one union territory. Votes will be counted on Thursday.