Maharashtra Election Results 2019 Live: BJP-Shiv Sena above halfway mark in early trends

Maharashtra Election Results 2019 Live: BJP-Shiv Sena above halfway mark in early trends

With most exit polls predicting a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance for the second consecutive time, counting of votes for the Maharashtra assembly elections began at 8 am today. Led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the BJP and its smaller allies had fought from 164 seats while the key ally Shiv Sena had fielded 124 candidates as part of a seat-sharing deal in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. Pitched against the ‘Mahayuti’ or grand alliance is the ‘maha-aghadi’ (front) led by the Congress and NCP. Also in the fray are 101 candidates of the Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

While canvassing for votes, the BJP had kept scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as one of its main poll planks while the Congress tried to woo voters by raking up the issue of economic slowdown and unemployment.

  • The BJP has made it clear that if voter back to power, Fadnavis will continue to lead the government as chief minister.
  • BJP leader Prakash Javadekar is hopeful that the BJP is going to create history by winning more than 222 seats in Maharashtra.
  • Anticipating a major victory, the BJP has already started advance preparations for celebrations. Outside its state headquarters in Mumbai, signs of celebrations are already visible. Big orders of ‘laddus’ have already been given.
  • After voting ended on Monday, all exit polls forecasted big win for the BJP-led alliance in Maharashtra. The India Today-Axis exit poll projected 166-194 seats for the BJP-Shiv Sena while News18-IPSOS gave the BJP a near-majority on its own by predicting a whopping 142 seats for the saffron party. The ABP-C Voter predicted 210 seats for the alliance.
  • A total of 61.13% electorate had exercised their franchise on Monday.

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