Haryanvi voters will have to cast their votes in person on Tuesday, November 9, as they head to the polls to decide whether they want to join the BJP or the Congress party.
The results of the polls are yet to be announced, but the BJP has been winning the popular vote for the past five years.
Haryana, a predominantly Muslim state, was one of the last states to declare itself a secular state under the state constitution.
However, a spate of murders in the state during the 1990s, including the killing of former chief minister Kalyan Singh by a Muslim separatist group, prompted a constitutional amendment in 1998, which allowed the state government to declare Muslim as a separate religion and restrict the ability of members of religious minorities to hold public office.
Hindu groups, including Hindu Rashtra Samiti, are also boycotting the election.
Hate crimes against minorities in the past have also made it a target for attacks on politicians and institutions, but this time it’s a new political target for Hindus, who have been demanding their right to vote since 2004.
The ruling Congress party, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is hoping that a win for the BJP will help it to extend its mandate beyond the predominantly Muslim Haryanasi voters, and to win back the support of many Hindu nationalist groups.
The BJP has faced some criticism from some Hindu groups over the past year over its decision to introduce a new caste-based quota system that has seen thousands of Hindu and Muslim residents of the state under pressure to join Hindu religious groups.