‘Maha’ battle of votes in Maharashtra to reach results today
Counting of votes for all 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra where 897 candidates are in the fray will take place today amid tight security arrangements
One of the key states of nation, Maharashtra, is witnessing nail biting and one of the most unpredictable battles during these Lok Sabha elections. It had always been a close fight between the current Congress-NCP ruling combine and the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
This year, the elections were held in three phases for 48 seats. First phase was held on 10th April were 201 contestants fought from 10 constituencies, 2nd phase on 17th April in 19 constituencies where 358 candidates were in fray and third phase contesting 339 contestants was held on 24th April in rest of the 19 constituencies.
Polls for 11 seats in Mumbai and Thane districts were held on April 24. Maval is another constituency under which some of the areas in Mumbai metropolitan region fall which also went to polls on April 24. Entire Vidarbha region which has 10 Lok Sabha seats went in the first round of poll in the state which was held on April 10. Remaining 38 constituencies in the state falling in Marathwada, Western Maharashtra, Northern Maharashtra and Konkan underwent polling on April 17 and 24.
The results will decide electoral fortunes of political biggies like Union ministers Sushilkumar Shinde(Solapur), Praful Patel (Bhandara-Gondiya), BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur) and Gopinath Munde (Beed), NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule (Baramati) and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan (Nanded) of Congress.
Among other prominent candidates in the election arena are PWD Minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal (Nashik), Union minister Milind Deora (Mumbai South) of Congress and Water Resources Minister and NCP leader Sunil Tatkare (Raigad).
Maharashtra registered overall polling percentage at 60.42, with 4.87 crore of total eligible 8.06 crore voters exercising their right to franchise.
History has always seen mixed results in the state as in 2009 Congress-NCP combine had won 25 seats of 48 which was reverse of 2004 when the Shiv Sena-BJP combine had won total of 25 seats.
Take a look at Top parties’ 2009 Lok Sabha election results