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.