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Counting for Haryana assembly polls tomorrow

Fate of 1,222 candidates, including Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will be decided when the counting for the 90-member Haryana assembly takes place on Thursday.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 21, 2009 21:57 IST

Fate of 1,222 candidates, including Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, will be decided when the counting for the 90-member Haryana assembly takes place on Thursday.

As part of security arrangements, a three-tier cordoning system has been put in place, Chief Electoral Officer Sajjan Singh said.

Cellular phones would not be allowed within and around counting centres or within the area cordoned off by security forces to regulate the entry of persons, he said.

Other key contestants include former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Janhit Congress-BL Chief Kuldeep Bishnoi, INLD secretary general Ajay Chautala, presidents of BJP and BSP units of Haryana Krishan Pal Gujjar and Parkash Bharti.

The state witnessed a multi-cornered contest with the five main parties -- Congress (90), BJP (90), INLD-SAD alliance (90), BSP (86), HJC-BL (87) -- putting up a total of 443 candidates out of a total of 1,222.

About 72 per cent of the 1.31 crore voters in the state exercised their franchise during polling last week.

The Congress had returned to power in 2005, winning 67 seats, while INLD won nine, BJP two, BSP and NCP one each and Independents 10.