WITH most of the pollsters predicting that BJP along with Shiv Sena is returning to power in Maharashtra & the ruling BJP is set to win massively in Haryana, counting of votes of the two state assembly elections will be taken up tomorrow morning. Most of the leads will be available by Thursday noon. Majority of the exit polls indicate victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party which fought elections amidst economic meltdown, unemployment problem and rural distress. In Maharashtra, an aggregate of various exit polls gave the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance 211 out of 288 seats in the state legislative assembly. In Haryana, the pollsters predicted the BJP is likely to win 66 of the 90 seats in the state assembly The major parties in Maharashtra are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress party (NCP).In Maharashtra ,INC and NCP ,its major ally, are faced mass exodus of several senior leaders before poll to BJP and Shiv Sena besides infighting among senior Congress leaders. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and another senior leader Praful Patel are accused of corruption charges filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) . BJP carried a high-powered campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief and union minister Amit Shah,Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and youthful Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addressing multiple rallies across the western state -Shiv Sena alliance 211 of the state’s 288 seats and the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) just 64 constituencies. The voter turnout however was not up to the expectation. Among the prominent leaders who have contested Haryana assembly polls are Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, his predecessor Bhupindar Singh Hooda, JJP’s Dushyant Chautala, and INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala. The star campaigner for the Congress was Rahul Gandhi. He accused the Narendra Modi led NDA government of total failure on economic front, favouring handpicked of corporate houses and revoking special status from Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370. The government and media were distracting people’s attention from the real danger facing the nation, he added at several rallies in Haryana and Maharashtra (edited by PK Chakravarty).