Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019 UPDATES: Polling concludes with 63% turnout, similar to 2014

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Updated:Oct 23, 2019 4:58:16 pm

Maharashtra Election 2019 Voting Updates: Several opinion polls have predicted that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will return to power for the next five years. The alliance has claimed that it will win over 220 seats.

A woman leaves after casting hes vote in Mumbai. (PTI)

Maharashtra Election Voting 2019 Updates: Polling to elect 288-member House concluded with 63% voter turnout, similar to what was in 2014. The Election Commission in some time from now will put out the exact numbers from the state. The briefing will happen at 6:30 pm. A total of 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are in the fray for all 288 assembly constituencies.

While multiple parties are contesting the polls, the main contest is between the ruling BJP-Shiv and Congress-NCP. The BJP is contesting 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies contesting on its lotus symbol. The Shiv Sena has fielded candidates on 124 seats. On the other hand, the Congress has fielded 147 candidates and the ally NCP 121.

The Congress and NCP came together to take on Shiv Sena and BJP. However, opinion polls predicted an easy win for the Devendra Fadnavis-led alliance. In the last assembly polls, the BJP and Shiv Sena contested separately but they came together after none of them crossed majority mark.

 

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    18:07 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Polls LIVE: 54.53% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm

    Till 5 pm, a total of 54.53 per cent voter turnout was recorded. Polling started at 7 in the morning and continued till 6 pm. The latest number will come out in some time. The Election Commission will hold a briefing at 6:30 pm. In the last assembly election in 2014, Maharashtra had recorded 63.38 per cent turnout.

    17:50 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Polls: Elderly voters cast their votes in Gadchiroli

    Elderly voters going to polling booths to cast their votes in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Reports suggest that Maoists had threatened people against voting in the assembly elections. Despite this, people came out in large number to vote in their respective areas.

    17:33 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Polls: Former President Pratibha Patil cast her vote in Pune

    Former President Pratibha Patil cast her vote at NCL School in Pune. She served as the President from 2007 to 2012. A member of the Congress, Patil is the only woman to hold the highest office of the country.

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    17:30 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    People cast their votes in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli

    Hundreds of people today came out to cast their votes in Gadchiroli despite threats from Naxals.

    17:14 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Polls LIVE: JP Nadda to hold meeting with BJP General Secretaries tomorrow

    Maharashtra Polls LIVE: BJP national working president JP Nadda to hold a meeting with party's General Secretaries tomorrow at BJP HQ over Maharashtra Assembly Polls and Haryana Assembly Polls. Discussions regarding party functions on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, on October 31, will also be taken up.

    17:09 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Polls LIVE: Salman Khan cast his vote in Bandra

    Bollywood actor Salman Khan cast his vote at a polling vote in Bandra (West), Mumbai.

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    17:07 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Election LIVE: RPI leader Sunil Khambe detained for throwing ink bottle on EVM

    RPI leader Sunil Khambe was detained after he threw an ink bottle on the EVM. He was taken to Thane Nagar police station. 

    16:52 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Election LIVE: 102-year-old man cast vote along with his family

    Pune: A 102-year-old man, Haji Ibrahim Aleem Joad, cast his vote along with his family at a polling booth in Lohegaon. Speaking on the occasion, he said: 'I was admitted to hospital for 4 days but today I am here to cast my vote. I urge everyone to come forward and vote.'

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    16:39 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Elections LIVE: Prominent candidates in the fray

    Some of the prominent candidates contesting the election are Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from Nagpur South-West, and his predecessors from the Congress -- Ashok Chavan from Bhokar in Nanded district, and Prithviraj Chavan who is seeking a re-election from Karad South in Satara district. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's son Aaditya Thackeray has also entered the poll fray from Worli constituency in Mumbai.

    16:32 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Elections LIVE: Bollywood icons celebrate festival of democracy

    Polling to elect 288-member House is underway in Maharashtra. Several politicians and Bollywood stars cast their votes since morning. Among the prominent personalities who voted include, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and BJP candidate from Dadri Babita Phogat. Several Bollywood celebrities, including Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan stepped out to vote for the Maharashtra Assembly elections.

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    16:25 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Election LIVE: Polling underway to decide fate of 3,237 candidates for 288 seats

    In Maharashtra, a total of 8,98,39,600 people, including 4,28,43,635 women, are eligible to vote. As many as 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are contesting in 288 seats and 96,661 polling booths are in place with 6.5 lakh staff for the voting exercise. The Contest is between BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP alliance.

    16:13 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Polls LIVE: Turnout crosses 43% till 3 pm

    Maharashtra Assembly Polls: Voter turnout was recorded over 43% till 3 pm. 

    16:02 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Faulty EVMs delayed polling at some booths in Ratnagiri, Bhandara

    Faulty EVMs delayed polling at some booths in Ratnagiri and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra. Polling was also affected for some time at a booth in Worli area of Mumbai. The Maharashtra Congress sent 187 complaints to the Election Commission of malfunctioning of EVMs. Reports suggest that polling was stoppedat a booth from 8.30 am to 10 am in Ratnagiri's Dhamangaon village.

    15:47 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Election LIVE: Bachchan family votes in Juhu

    Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan cast their votes at a polling booth in Juhu, Mumbai. Earlier, Sunny Deol, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapor cast their votes in Mumbai. 

    15:37 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Election LIVE: Sunny Deol cast his vote in Juhu

    BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Sunny Deol cast his vote at a polling booth in Juhu, Mumbai. Deol is Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab. A total of 30.89 per cent polling was recorded till 1 PM. 

    15:32 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Election LIVE: A look at voters, polling booths and personnel

    Maharashtra has a total 8,98,39,600 voters, including 1,06,76,013 in the age group of 18 to 25 years. The Election Commission has deployed nearly 6.5 lakh polling personnel at 96,661 polling booths across the state. The sate had recorded 63.38 per cent turnout in 2014 Assembly elections.

    15:19 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Election LIVE: 30.89% polling till 1 pm

    A total of 30.89 per cent polling was recorded till 1 PM. The EC officials said Akkalkuwa constituency in north Maharashtra recorded 41.32 per cent voting while Magathane in north Mumbai recorded 30.43 per cent. Tribal Dahanu in Palghar district recorded 39.75 per cent voting in the first six hours.

    15:13 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Election LIVE: Shah Rukh Khan, wife Gauri cast their votes

    Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri cast their votes at polling booth no 177 in Bandra West, Mumbai. 

    14:56 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra polls LIVE: Minor scuffles reported in Beed, Jalna

    An incident of scuffle has been reported from Beed and Jalna districts of Maharashtra. According to PTI, supporters of Shiv Sena candidate Jaydatt Kshirsagar and NCP candidate Sandeep Kshirsagar had an altercation over allegations of vehicles being used to ferry voters to polling booths in Beed.

    14:45 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Worli: Poll officer says machine replaced after glitch, voting is on

    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.

    14:35 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Election LIVE: Deepika Padukone casts her vote

    Film actress Deepika Padukone casts her vote at a polling booth in Bandra (West), Mumbai. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar also cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai. 

    14:32 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Polls LIVE: Bollywood stars step out to cast their votes

    Bollywood celebrities including Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Lara Dutta stepped out to cast their votes. Aamir Khan along with his wife Kiran Rao came out to cast their votes in St Anne's High School at Pali Hill area in Bandra. Actor Riteish Deshmukh along with his wife Genelia D'Souza also voted in Latur district. Some other stars who voted today are filmmaker Kunal Kohli, BJP MP Ravi Kishan, and veteran actor Padmini Kolhapure.

    14:18 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    BJP will government in Haryana, Maharashtra: Dharmendra Pradhan

    Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan on Assembly Election in Haryana and Maharashtra: BJP is going to form government in both the states, Haryana and Maharashtra. We are confident that people will continue to support Prime Minister Modi, his philosophy and his policies.

    14:15 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Election LIVE: Actors Anil Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan cast their vote

    Mumbai: Actors Anil Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan, leave after casting their vote at a polling booth in Andheri (West).  The polling percentage across 288 Assembly Constituencies in Maharashtra is 30.89 per cent till 1 pm.

    13:51 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra election 2019 live: 27.63% polling till 1.30 PM

    Maharashtra has recorded 27.63% polling till 1.30 PM.The polling process will end at 6 PM. The results will be announced on October 24.

    13:50 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    'Vote! My favourite festival' tweets Dia Mirza

    Actress Dia Mirza tweeted after voting in Maharashtra. "Vote! My favourite festival :) the festival of democracy," she tweeted.

    13:46 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Hema Malini casts her vote in Andheri (West)

    Actor and BJP leader Hema Malini casts her vote at a polling booth in Mumbai's Andheri (West). Hema Malini is also a Lok Sabha MP from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. (PHOTO: ANI)

    13:37 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Vidhan Sabha 2019 Maharashtra: Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar cast votes in Mumbai

    Former India player Sandeep Patil, who was part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, casts his vote at a polling booth in Shivaji Park area in central Mumbai. Legendary batsman Dilip Vengsarkar, who stays in Worli area of Mumbai, also excercised his democratic right.

    13:35 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Sachin Tendulkar urges people to vote for 'better tomorrow'

    Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Monday appealed to people to come out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right. "This morning, I read in a newspaper something which is not so common and talks about commitment. The article made a mention of three senior citizens, including one wheelchair-bound 94-year-old person, who was going to make an effort to come out and vote," Tendulkar said after voting along with wife Anjali and son Arjun, who is a budding left-arm pacer, at a polling booth in suburban Bandra. "So, I think, we could change our tomorrow and make it better. Whoever you feel like supporting, whoever you believe in, you should go out and vote. Whoever is eligible to vote, must vote."

    13:29 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Mumbai: Irani interacts with 93-yr-old Army man at polling station

    Union Minister Smriti Irani meets 93-yr-old retired army man outside a polling booth in Mumbai. She said, "Today's hero is Khanna ji. He had served in Army. He is 93 & came out to vote. It is an inspiration,request people to come out and vote,if at 93 he can vote,who is stopping you?"

    13:18 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra election 2019: Govinda casts his vote in Andheri (West)

    Actor Govinda and wife Sunita cast their vote at a polling booth in Andheri (West).

    13:17 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    17.5% polling in Maharashtra till 11 AM

    Altogether 17.5 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours in Maharashtra.

    13:00 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Swabhimani Paksha candidate shot at, thrashed in Amravati district

    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. 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 here, 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.

    12:50 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly election: What opinion polls say

    Several opinion polls have predicted that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will return to power for the next five years. The alliance has claimed that it will win over 220 seats in the 288 Legislative Assembly. The term for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly ends on November 9.

    12:38 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Baramati records 22.6% polling till 11 AM

    The Baramati Assembly constituency has recorded 22.6% polling followed by 22% in Junnar, 21.7% in Bhor, 20.9% in Ambegaon, 18.5% in Indapur till 11 AM.

    12:33 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra election 2019: BJP raised Article 370 issue in its poll cmapaign

    The campaign for the Maharashtra assembly elections dominated by the aggressive narrative of nullification of Article 370 by the BJP, which is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, came to end on Saturday evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP brass of the BJP, including Union ministers, raised Article 370 and Opposition's "objection" to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The PM also spoke about "corrupt" leadership of the Opposition.

    12:27 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Sachin Tendulkar casts vote in Bandra (West)

    Sachin Tendulkar, wife Anjali and son Arjun cast their votes at a polling booth in Bandra (West).

    12:25 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Will have a record-breaking victory: Gadkari

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that considering the amount of work and development that Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has done in last 5 years in Maharashtra, "I am sure we will have a record-breaking victory".

    12:24 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Anil Ambani casts his vote in Mumbai

    Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani casts his vote at GD Somani School, Cuffe Parade, in Mumbai.

    12:23 (IST)21 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly election: Smriti Irani casts her vote in Mumbai

    Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar cast their votes in Maharashtra. Irani later interacted with a 93-year-old ex-army man at polling booth in Mumbai. She also appealed Maharashtra people to come out and vote.

    Maharashtra Assembly election 2019In 2014 elections, the BJP had won the highest 122 seats, Sena 63, the Congress 42 and the NCP 41 seats. Since then, two by-elections were held due to death of two legislators Krushna Ghoda (Palghar) and Bala Sawant (Bandra east). The Sena manged to retain both the seats. Several opinion polls have predicted that the BJP-Shiv Sena will return to power for the next five years. Political observers feel that the outcome of the elections weighs in favour of the BJP which had won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha elections, held earlier this year. BJP leaders are claiming that the NDA alliance would win 222 of the 288 Assembly seats.
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