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Maharashtra elections highlights: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to win 243 seats, Congress-NCP down to half of its 2014 tally, 63% polling recorded

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Maharashtra elections highlights: Maharashtra Assembly elections held on Monday saw a voter turnout of around 63 percent, almost matching the 63.38 percent polling recorded in the last state elections in 2014. Rural areas of the state fared better, with voters there showing more enthusiasm than their urban counterparts. Polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. The main contest is between Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance against the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine. Here are the main highlights from the polling in Maharashtra today:

Maharashtra elections highlights: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to win 243 seats, Congress-NCP down to half of its 2014 tally, 63% polling recorded
  • Maharashtra assembly exit poll results: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to return with 243 seats, says News18 IPSOS survey##Maharashtra assembly exit poll results: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to return with 243 seats, says News18 IPSOS survey


    The BJP will cruise to comfortably win the assembly elections in Maharashtra, repeating its crushing victory in the May general elections, and leaving the main opposition Congress party trailing far behind, according to a survey by News 18-Ipsos released on Monday. The BJP-Shiv Sena combine is expected to win 243 seats. The BJP is likely to win 141 seats, just 4 short of the halfway majority mark of 144. The Sena is expected to win 102 seats. The Congress-NCP combine is expected to bag just 41 seats. The Congress is likely to win 17 seats, while the NCP is expected to bag 22 seats. READ MORE

  • 63% voting in Maharashtra assembly poll; turnout similar to 2014##63% voting in Maharashtra assembly poll; turnout similar to 2014

    Maharashtra Assembly elections held on Monday saw a voter turnout of around 63 percent, almost matching the 63.38 percent polling recorded in the last state elections in 2014. Rural areas of the state fared better, with voters there showing more enthusiasm than their urban counterparts. Polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. Altogether 54.53 percent voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm, a poll official said. The state has total 8,98,39,600 voters, including 1,06,76,013 in the age group of 18 to 25 years. Nearly 6.5 lakh polling personnel were deployed at 96,661 polling booths across the state.

  • Maharashtra: 54.53% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm##Maharashtra: 54.53% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm

    Maharashtra recorded 54.53 percent voter turnout till 5 pm. Mumbai City district recorded 44 percent poll percentage till 5 pm. 

  • Maharashtra polls: 43.8% polling recorded till 4.30 pm##Maharashtra polls: 43.8% polling recorded till 4.30 pm

    The voter turnout in Maharashtra has been recorded at 43.8 percent till 4.30 pm.

  • Gurdaspur MP and actor Sunny Deol casts his vote in Mumbai##Gurdaspur MP and actor Sunny Deol casts his vote in Mumbai

  • Mumbai City district records 35% voting till 3 pm##Mumbai City district records 35% voting till 3 pm


    Mumbai City district recorded 35 percent polling till 3 pm. Voting is currently underway for Maharashtra's 288 assembly seats with the main contest between ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the Congress-NCP combine.

  • Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Bollywood, sports celebrities cast their vote
    From actor Aamir Khan to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, many bollywood celebrities and sports persons voted in the ongoing assembly elections in Maharashtra.
    Maharashtra elections highlights: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to win 243 seats, Congress-NCP down to half of its 2014 tally, 63% polling recorded
  • Election Commission official at Worli says EVM issue resolved at polling booth no 62##Election Commission official at Worli says EVM issue resolved at polling booth no 62


    Sushma Satpute, Election Commission officer at Worli: There was some issue in an electronic voting machine (EVM) at polling booth number 62 of Worli Assembly constituency but the machine has been replaced and voting is going on.

  • Nearly 31% voting till 1 pm in Maharashtra##Nearly 31% voting till 1 pm in Maharashtra


    Voting in Maharashtra picked up to notch 30.89 percent by lunch time for the assembly elections to the 288 seats, even as repeated appeals went out to the electorate to step out and vote, officials said here on Monday. Among notable personalities that have so far voted include actress Shabana Azmi, lyricist Javed Akhtar and Deepika Padukone.

  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan: BJP is going to form govt in both Haryana & Maharashtra##Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan: BJP is going to form govt in both Haryana & Maharashtra

  • 17.5% voter turnout till 12 noon, 17% polling in Mumbai##17.5% voter turnout till 12 noon, 17% polling in Mumbai

    Maharashtra has recorded a moderate average of around 17.5 percent turnout till 12 pm, for the assembly elections to the 288 Assembly seats on Monday. As in the past, the tribal areas in different parts of the state like Thane, Palghar, Chandrapur and Nandurbar recorded more than 20 percent voter turnout in the festival of democracy, but most other parts of the state, especially the urban and semi-urban areas, the percentage was between 10-20 or less. The suicide prone Yavatmal recorded 9.25 while the rural Wardha notched 8.37 percent, the SC reserved Bhusawal recorded 9.88 percent, falling among the 13-odd constituencies with a single-digit percentage votes cast - less than 10 percent. The state capital Mumbai notched around 17 percent while the second capital Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' hometown Nagpur was hovering at 16.5 percent. (IANS)

  • Union Minister Smriti Irani after casting her vote at a polling booth in Mumbai##Union Minister Smriti Irani after casting her vote at a polling booth in Mumbai

  • Maharashtra polls: Swabhimani Paksha candidate shot at, thrashed##Maharashtra polls: Swabhimani Paksha candidate shot at, thrashed

    Three motocycle-borne masked men fired at a candidate of pro-farmer outfit Swabhimani Paksha on Monday when he was going in a car, and also beat him up after pulling him out of the vehicle in Maharashtra's Amravati district, police said. The attackers later set the car ablaze, Shendurjana Ghat police station's inspector Maruti Gedam said. The incident took place on Malkhed road in Amravati, located around 150 km from Nagpur, he said. Devendra Bhuyar, the nominee of Raju Shetti's Swabhimani Paksha from Morshi seat, was going to Warud in a car along with some workers of the outfit when the three masked persons fired at him around 5.30 am, Gedam said. The attackers later forcefully stopped the vehicle, pulled out its occupants and thrashed them, he said. They then poured petrol on Bhuyar's vehicle and set it afire before running away, the official said. Bhuyar was taken to a hospital where his condition was reported to be normal, he said. Bhuyar, whose outfit is an ally of the Congress and NCP, is contesting the state Assembly polls against BJP minister Anil Bonde from Morshi seat.

  • Voters wowed by Maharashtra all-women polling booth##Voters wowed by Maharashtra all-women polling booth

    The Sakhi Matdaan Kendra, a gaily-decorated polling station in Washim managed by an all-women staff, including security, was seen drawing hordes of voters as polling started for the Maharashtra Assembly elections on Monday. Setting the tone for Diwali next week, the path leading to the polling station was decorated with rangolis, with the punchline 'Shape Tomorrow by Voting Today' displayed outside the main entrance. READ MORE

  • Sachin Tendulkar, wife Anjali and their son Arjun after casting their vote at a polling booth in Bandra (West)##Sachin Tendulkar, wife Anjali and their son Arjun after casting their vote at a polling booth in Bandra (West)

  • Nitin Gadkari: We will have record-breaking victory##Nitin Gadkari: We will have record-breaking victory


    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari: Considering the amount of work & development that Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has done in last 5 years in Maharashtra, I am sure we will have a record-breaking victory in  Maharashtra Assembly Elections.

  • Assembly Elections 2019: BJP, Congress, NCP leaders cast their vote in Haryana and Maharashtra
    Leaders of various political parties queued in front of the polling booths in the early hours of the day to cast their votes in the ongoing assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra.
    Maharashtra elections highlights: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to win 243 seats, Congress-NCP down to half of its 2014 tally, 63% polling recorded
  • Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit cast vote##Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit cast vote


    Several Bollywood celebrities, including Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Lara Dutta, stepped out on Monday morning to vote for the Maharashtra Assembly elections.

    Aamir Khan along with filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao came out to cast their votes in St Anne's High School at Pali Hill area in suburban Bandra.

    "What I thought are important issues, I kept that in mind and voted. I urge everyone to come out and vote in large numbers. Every citizen of Maharashtra should come out to cast vote and take part in this process," Khan told reporters.

    Actor Riteish Deshmukh along with actor-wife Genelia D'Souza voted in Latur district.

    He took to Twitter and uploaded a picture of the duo, writing, "Go exercise your right!! Go Vote!"

    Filmmaker Kunal Kohli, actor Lara Dutta, actor-turned BJP MP Ravi Kishan, veteran actor Padmini Kolhapure also came out to cast their votes.

  • Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: What corporates in Mumbai want
    Polling is underway for 288 Legislative Assembly seats in Maharashtra. As many as 3,239 candidates are in the fray. The main contest is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena and Opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
    Maharashtra elections highlights: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to win 243 seats, Congress-NCP down to half of its 2014 tally, 63% polling recorded
  • Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, wife Rashmi and sons Aditya and Tejas, after casting their vote in Bandra(East)##Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, wife Rashmi and sons Aditya and Tejas, after casting their vote in Bandra(East)

  • Hope youngsters vote in large numbers: PM Modi##Hope youngsters vote in large numbers: PM Modi


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged people to turn out in record number to vote in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls, and hoped that youngsters too cast their ballots.

    "Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra Assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers," Modi tweeted.

    Polling began in the two BJP-ruled states at 7 am on Monday. By-polls in 64 Assembly seats in 17 states and one Union Territory are also underway along with that in the Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar.

  • CM Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote in Nagpur##CM Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote in Nagpur

  • Maharashtra polls: 5.79% voter turnout till 10 am##Maharashtra polls: 5.79% voter turnout till 10 am

    Maharashtra has recorded an average of around 5.79 percent voter turnout till 10 am for the polls to the 288 Assembly seats. As in the past, the tribal areas of Thane, Palghar and Nandurbar recorded over 6 percent voter turnout and in most other parts of the state, especially the urban areas, it was around 5 percent. In the state capital, Mumbai, the voting percentage was around 7.20 while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' hometown Nagpur was at 2.04 percent till 9 am. 
    Apparently alarmed by the low turnout, celebrities, political leaders appealed to people to step out and take part in the voting, with similar messages flooding social media and volunteers going door-to-door to bring out the voters in some areas. Among those who appealed to the masses included RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and his daughter, Supriya Sule, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant and others. Election Commission officials are optimistic that the slow start may have been due to the rain in many parts of the state, including Mumbai and the voting would pick up subsequently.

  • Maharashtra assembly polls: 4.6% women among a total of 3239 candidates##Maharashtra assembly polls: 4.6% women among a total of 3239 candidates

    Maharashtra elections highlights: BJP-Shiv Sena alliance set to win 243 seats, Congress-NCP down to half of its 2014 tally, 63% polling recorded
  • Mumbai suburbs record 5.64% voting till 9 am##Mumbai suburbs record 5.64% voting till 9 am

    Mumbai suburbs on Monday recorded 5.64 percent polling in the first two hours as voting got underway for the 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra, an election official said. Long queues were observed outside several polling stations, indicating the percentage may go up in subsequent hours, the official said. Voting began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm. The Mumbai suburban area, comprising 26 Assembly seats, recorded 5.64 percent polling in the first two hours, he said.

    Other urban areas like Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad reported a moderate response, while the turnout in rural areas was on the higher side, he said. Kolhapur reported 9.93 percent voting in the first two hours. Maharashtra recorded 63.38 percent turnout in 2014 Assembly elections. (PTI)

  • Senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde casts vote in Solapur##Senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde casts vote in Solapur


    Former home minister and Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde with wife Ujwala and daughter Praniti Shinde cast their votes at a polling booth in Solapur. Praniti Shinde is contesting elections as Congress candidate from Solapur Central.

  • 4% in Maharashtra till 9 am, 7% voting in Haryana##4% in Maharashtra till 9 am, 7% voting in Haryana

    Maharashtra recorded a voting percentage of 4.17 percent till 9 am on Monday. Polling is underway in all the 288 assembly constituencies of Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana. The latter recorded a voting percentage of 7.43 in the first two hours of polling. According to the Election Commission, several constituencies in the two states have witnessed voting turnout in double digits. Polling began in the two Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states at 7 am on Monday. (IANS)

  • 5% polling till 9 am in Mumbai city district's 10 assembly constituencies##5% polling till 9 am in Mumbai city district's 10 assembly constituencies

  • Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan casts vote in Goregaon##Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan casts vote in Goregaon

    Actor & BJP MP from Gorakhpur (UP) Ravi Kishan & actress Padmini Kolhapure cast their votes at polling booths in Mumbai's Goregaon & Andheri (West) constituency, respectively.

  • NCP leader Praful Patel casts vote in Gondia##NCP leader Praful Patel casts vote in Gondia


    Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel & his wife Varsha cast their votes at a polling booth in Gondia assembly constituency. Gopal Agarwal from BJP & Amar Varade from Congress are contesting from this constituency.

Maharashtra elections highlights: Maharashtra Assembly elections held on Monday saw a voter turnout of around 63 percent, almost matching the 63.38 percent polling recorded in the last state elections in 2014. Rural areas of the state fared better, with voters there showing more enthusiasm than their urban counterparts. Polling began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. The main contest is between Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance against the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine. Here are the main highlights from the polling in Maharashtra today: