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Monday, 21 October 2019

Maharashtra Election 2019 Voting LIVE Updates: Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Nitin Gadkari cast vote, say Fadnavis set to return to power

09:08 (IST)

'We've been targeted since last 90 years,' Mohan Bhagwat on Congress' onslaught

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said the Sangh has been targeted since last 90 years, but there is no need to worry as the society is one and will always remain so.​ Bhagwat also said he is "not a political person".

Bhagwat was responding to reporters on the recent flurry of attacks against RSS by Congress party. 

After he cast his vote in Nagpur for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, some reporters asked him about the Congress targeting the RSS over the issue of demand for Bharat Ratna award for Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar. 

09:05 (IST)

NCP Mumbai chief Nawab Malik votes

 

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik voted at Anushakti Nagar in Mumbai. Malik (60) was recently appointed as Mumbai unit chief, in place of Sachin Ahir, who defected to Shiv Sena. Malik, a four-term legislator, was housing and labour minister in the NCP-Congress government in 2003.  

08:47 (IST)

BJP will break all records this election, says Nitin Gadkari

 

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari cast his vote along with his wife Kanchan in Nagpur. After casting his vote, the minister said, "I request all the voters to turn up and cast their votes. People believe in the work of Modi and Fadnavis government which they did for the past five years. This election will break all the records under Modi and Fadnavis-led government."

08:45 (IST)

Supriya Sule casts vote in Baramati

Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule cast her vote in Baramati. Her cousin and NCP leader Ajit Pawar is contesting against BJP's Gopichand Padalkar from the constituency.

"We all have come to vote in Baramati. We will surely form the government. It's a state election and we should vote for development only," Sule said after casting her vote. 

08:42 (IST)

Can MNS Eat Into Shiv Sena’s Votebank in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar?

The Thane and Palghar region has a total of 60 assembly seats and it holds importance politically as both these districts are Satellite cities of mega city Mumbai. Both the BJP as well as the Shiv Sena have had their stronghold in this region.Even during the last Vidhan Sabha elections of 2014, when both the parties had fought separately, they had been able to get 45 of these 60 seats. 

While infighting ails Mumbai Congress and given the fact that NCP has historically ignored the urban seat, the MNS, which has decided at the 11th hour to fight these polls, is being monitored closely.  

Read more on this here

08:35 (IST)

BJP LS bypoll candidate Udayanraje Bhosale casts his vote

Recently defected former NCP leader Udayanraje Bhosale cast his vote in Satara. Also the last MP from the seat, he was mandated to seek reelection from the Satara Lok Sabha seat due to anti-defection polls.
 

Input by Ashwin Aghor/101Reporters

08:27 (IST)

Ashok Chavan Ajit Pawar, Ashish Shelar among early Voters

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and the current BJP-led Maharashtra government's school education minister Ashish Shelar were among the early ones to cast their votes. NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar voted at Baramati in Pune district. 

08:23 (IST)

Key battles to watch out for: Will Congress manage to snatch away Malabar Hill seat from BJP's five-time MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha

 

Since 1995 Assembly elections, BJP candidate and sitting MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha has been ruling over Malabar Hills constituency. In 2014 he defeated Shiv Sena candidate Arvind (Arun) Devji Dudhwadkar with a huge margin of votes. While Lodha received 97,818 votes his Shiv Sena opponent could manage only 29,132 votes. In 2009, 2004 and 1999 elections he defeated Congress candidates like Bafna Rajkumar Sumermal, Raj Shroff and BA Desai.

This year, Congress' Heera Navaji Devasi is pitted against Lodha, chief and founder of the Locha Group. As per the affidavit submitted by Lodha along with the nomination form, he and his wife have movable assets worth over Rs 252 crore and immovable assets of about Rs 189 crore.

08:18 (IST)

Union minister Piyush Goyal casts his vote

Union minister Piyush Goyal cast his vote from the Malabar Hill constituency. He said, "I am happy that today 2 states are going to polling. BJP under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra and Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana - will win by large numbers." Heera Navaji Devasi of Congress and BJP candidate and sitting MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha will be locking horns for this seat.

08:08 (IST)

Key battles to watch out: Cousins Pankaja, Dhananjay Munde in direct face off in Parli constituency

 Two members of the Munde family are locked in a direct battle. Pankaja Munde, late Gopinath Munde's daughter and the rural development minister in current government is facing her cousin, Dhananjay who is the Leader of the Opposition. Dhananjay is contesting on a NCP ticket. 

The latter kicked up a storm just ahead of election by allegedly making obscene comments against his estranged cousin, leading to an FIR against him. Dhananjay, under flak, claimed the video clip, in which he was purportedly heard making the comments against Pankaja, was edited and fake. He said his remarks were "distorted" to project him as a "villain" by his rivals to win elections. 

Pankaja, meanwhile, said she felt disgusted after her cousin's remarks. Pankaja's sister and BJP MP Pritam Munde said the Maharashtra minister was so upset by the onslaught on her character that she even considered quitting politics. Pankaja had defeated Dhananjay Munde in the 2014 assembly elections.

07:53 (IST)

Home Minister Amit Shah appeals to citizens to vote for a stable govt

07:41 (IST)

EVM snag reported from a polling booth in Goregaon

Recurrent technical snags in EVMs have become part and parcel of election coverage it seems. This year too, the first such report has already come in, minutes after polling was scheduled to start for the state. This comes as the issue of EVM credibility and VVPAT auditing is already on top of Opposition parties. 

07:29 (IST)

Former Maharashtra top cop Julio Ribeiro casts his vote

07:23 (IST)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat among early voters

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat was among the first few voters to cast their vote. Bhagwat exercised his right to vote from  the Nagpur Central constituency. 

07:18 (IST)

Narendra Modi tweets, encourages voters to exercise franchise

07:12 (IST)

Devendra Fadnavis first CM to complete full term in 47 years in state

This year's Maharashtra Assembly election has an interesting component, the addition of a Thackeray family member in the poll fray. This is the first time that someone from the Thackeray family is contesting an election: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's son Aaditya. 

Moreover, another interesting trivia is that Devendra Fadnavis became the first chief minister of the state in nearly 50 years to complete a full five-year tenure, moreover, if the pundits are right, come next week he will also be the one to get a consecutive second term. The last time this happened in Maharashtra was when Vasantrao Naik was its chief minister. 

The state boasts over 8.9 crore eligible voters, of which the number of service voters stands at around 1.17 lakh. The main parties in the fray are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

06:59 (IST)

Mumbai turns into fortress as state elects fresh Assembly; 269 polling booths deemed critical

 
 
In Mumbai city alone, more than 40,000 personnel will be deployed along with 22 companies of the Central Para-Military Forces, a Mumbai Police spokesperson said. Among the 1,536 polling centres in Mumbai district, 269 centers are declared as critical and vulnerable.
 
 
"A strong police vigil will be maintained in those locations. There is not a single vulnerable or critical polling centre in suburbs of Mumbai," he said. As part of preventive action, police have taken bonds from 3860 persons under section 107 of CRPC and 1279 persons under section 110.
 
 
At least 164 persons have been externed from Mumbai while four persons have been booked under Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act, he said.

06:55 (IST)

From CRPF, Home Guard to Naga women police force, EC deploys heavy security for Maharashtra polls

Over three lakh security personnel from local police as well as Central forces will be deployed in Maharashtra to ensure incident-free voting for assembly polls. 

 
Apart from two lakh personnel from Maharashtra Police, 350 companies of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Nagaland Women Police Force (NWPF) will be deployed, he said. Besides, at least 100 companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and around 45,000 jawans of the State Home Guards will be on guard 24-hours, he said, adding services of 20,000 Home Guard jawans of other states are also sought.

06:42 (IST)

Minutes before Maharashtra, Haryana goes to poll, Congress' Digvijaya Singh raises EVM issue 

"Here is how EVM-VVPAT can be manipulated due to a major technical glitch. EC is aware of lacuna but continues to be silent. If the CEC still insists on EVMs then I have a request. After pressing the button on ballot unit instead the Voter seeing the picture on the screen for 7 seconds the printer should give the Voter printed vote in his hand which he can physically put in a ballot box. Now the argument put forward by CEC would be that the counting would take a lot of time. As it stands today CEC picks up 5 booths randomly and checks the printed vote as per Supreme Court order," Madhya Pradesh Congress heavy-weight tweeted. 

06:35 (IST)

In Pictures: Polling officials in an early morning hustle to ensure voting starts on time

A total of 6.5 lakh polling personnel have been deployed at 96,661 polling booths across the state to ensure a smooth voting process and a free and fair election. Nearly 1,35,021 VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines have also been installed. Polling officials in Mumbai can be seen busy in preparations to ensure Mumbai polling booths are open on time

06:28 (IST)

Meanwhile, NCP fights a prestige battle in Satara Lok Sabha by-election

 

Voting is also underway for the by-election to Satara Lok Sabha constituency, where former NCP leader and sitting MP​ Udayanraje Bhosale is in the fray on BJP's ticket against​ Shriniwas Patil of the Congress-NCP combine. The seat, once an unchallenged bastion for the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party is currently held by the saffron party. 

On one hand, BJP is eyeing Satara as its gateway to western Maharashtra. On the other hand, the NCP is trying best to retain its stronghold in the sugar belt following large-scale defection after the general elections. 

06:14 (IST)

Maharashtra to elect new Assembly today; BJP-Shiv Sena seek second straight term

Polling will be held on Monday in all 288 Assembly constituencies of Maharashtra where 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are in the fray. The voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm.

The ruling BJP has fielded its nominees in 164 Assembly seats, including candidates of smaller allies contesting on its lotus symbol, while the Sena is contesting 124 seats. On the other hand, the opposition Congress has fielded 147 candidates and its ally NCP 121.

The main contest is between the 'Mahayuti' or grand alliance led by the BJP, and the 'maha-aghadi' (front) led by the Congress and NCP.

Maharashtra Election 2019 Latest Update: Union minister Piyush Goyal cast his vote from the Malabar Hill constituency. He said, "I am happy that today 2 states are going to polling. BJP under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra and Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana - will win by large numbers." Heera Navaji Devasi of Congress and BJP candidate and sitting MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha will be locking horns for this seat.

In Mumbai city, more than 40,000 personnel will be deployed along with 22 companies of the Central Para-Military Forces, a Mumbai Police spokesperson said.  Among the 1,536 polling centres in Mumbai district, 269 centers are declared as critical and vulnerable. "A strong police vigil will be maintain in those locations. There is not a single vulnerable or critical polling centre in suburbs of Mumbai," he said.

As part of preventive action, police have taken bonds from 3860 persons under section 107 of CrPc and 1279 persons under section 110. At least 164 persons have been externed from Mumbai while four persons have been booked under Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act, he said.

Devendra Fadnavis became the first chief minister of the state in nearly 50 years to complete a full five-year tenure, moreover, if the pundits are right, come next week he will also be the one to get a consecutive second term. The last time this happened in Maharashtra was when Vasantrao Naik was its chief minister. 

Voting in single-phase Assembly elections in Maharashtra has begun. The state, which is also due to elect its Satara Lok Sabha MP, will see a pitched battle between Mahayuti (Shiv Sena and BJP alliance) and NCP and Congress combine.

Voting is scheduled to begin at 7 am at all polling booths, the Election Commission of India said. The term for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly ends on 9 November.

In Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP have already figured a seat-sharing plan, the parties will fight about 123-125 seats each and leave 41 for smaller allies, said Congress' Prithviraj Chavan. Depending on consensus between the parties, the seats may be swapped, Chavan was quoted as saying.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

According to the data provided by the Election Commission, in Maharashtra, there are 8,95,62,706 voters, of which 8,94,46,211 are general electors and 1,16,495 are service voters. Up from 90,403 in 2014, the number of polling booths where people can cast their vote in Maharashtra has gone up to 95,473, reflecting an increase of 5.61 percent.

This is the first state Assembly election since Narendra Modi led the BJP to power at the Centre for a second term in May. The Assembly elections are also the first since the government announced the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the BJP will retain power and he will continue to hold the chief minister's post. He also confirmed that the BJP and Shiv Sena will be in alliance for the upcoming elections and added that the seat-sharing formula would be revealed soon.

"I am saying with no uncertainty that we will contest the Assembly polls along with Shiv Sena. The seat-sharing talks are still on, do not trust the reports," Fadnavis said while speaking at the "India Today Conclave 2019" being held in Mumbai.

Talks between the two parties have not reached a conclusion, as the BJP wants to fight a larger share of the 288 Assembly seats while the Sena wants it to stick to the earlier agreed formula that both will contest an equal number of constituencies.

Both parties could not agree to a seat-sharing deal even in the 2014 polls, leading to them fighting the elections separately. The BJP won 122 seats and the Sena 63 seats. They joined hands after the polls to form a government.

With inputs from agencies



October 21, 2019 at 08:55AM

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