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Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019 Exit Poll Results HIGHLIGHTS: Clear majority for BJP-Shiv Sena

Maharashtra Election Exit Poll Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: A voter turnout of 54.53 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in Maharashtra, after polling for 288 Assembly seats began at 7 am on Monday, officials said.

The exit polls have predicted an easy win for the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Maharashtra, signalling a return of Devendra Fadnavis as the chief minister of the state. (PTI)

Maharashtra Election Exit Poll Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The exit polls results for Maharashtra Assembly elections are here and most have predicted the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance getting a clear majority in the state. While the India Today-Axis My India exit polls predicted 168-194 seats for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, News18-IPSOS exit poll survey predicted the Mahayuti getting 243 seats.

Meanwhile, voting concluded on the 288 seats in the state by 6 pm today with a tentative voter turnout of 56 per cent. Besides this, polling also took place for a bye-elections in Satara Lok Sabha constituency. Follow Maharashtra, Haryana exit poll results here

A Swabhimani Paksha candidate was admitted to the hospital after three motocycle-borne masked men opened fire at him when he was going in a car, and also beat him up after pulling him out of the vehicle in Amravati district, police said. The attackers later set his car ablaze. Besides this, minor scuffle was reported in Jalna, Beed and Virar districts.

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Prominent personalities who voted include RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, CM Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Several Bollywood celebrities including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, stepped out to vote for the Maharashtra Assembly elections.

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Maharashtra voted today with BJP-Shiv Sena locked in a direct contest with Congress-NCP. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

Chandrakant Patil confident of huge victory margin for BJP

Maharashtra BJP president and state minister Chandrakant Patil, who is contesting from Kothrud constituency here, claimed on Monday that he will win with a huge margin.

Patil was speaking to reporters before heading for Kolhapur, his native city, to cast his vote.

"Since the 2014 elections, people's faith in politics and politicians has increased, and the reason is the transparent government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he said. (PTI)

Satara bypoll: 60.25% voter turnout till 6 pm

60.25% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm for the by-election to the Satara Lok Sabha seat.

Times Now, TV9 Marathi-Cicero predict easy win for BJP+

Times Now

BJP+Shiv Sena--230
Cong+NCP--48
Others--10

TV9 Marathi-Cicero

BJP-Shiv Sena---197
Cong-NCP--75
Others--10

News18-IPSOS exit poll survey projects a win for BJP-Sena combo

The News18-IPSOS exit poll survey predicts 243 seats for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, while the Congress-NCP combine has been pegged to get 41 seats. 

BJP-141
Shiv Sena-102
Congress-17
NCP-22
AIMIM-1
VBA-0
Others-3

India Today-Axis My India exit polls predicts victory for BJP-Shiv Sena alliance

According to India Today-Axis My India exit polls, BJP will win around 109-124 seats out of 288 seats in Maharashtra while Shiv Sena will end up winning 57-70 seats. While NCP is projected to win 40-50 seats, its alliance partner Congress is expected to win 32-40 seats.

BJP- 109-124
Sena - 57-70
Cong 32-40
Other 22-32
NCP- 40-50
VBA 0-2

52.55 per cent polling in Pune district till 5 pm

The polling in Pune district crossed 50 per cent mark by 5 pm as the registration was total of 52.55 per cent turnout. The maximum turnout was 74.25 per cent in Indapur while the lowest was 36.08 per cent in Kasbapeth. The polling ended at 6 pm.

There were only seven of the 21 assembly constituencies that had crossed the 60 per cent mark turnout by 5 pm. Indapur was followed by 64.36 per cent in Maval, 64.06 in Baramati, 63 per cent in Ambegaon, 61.39 per cent in Khed, 61.15 per cent in Daund and 60.07 per cent in Daund.

The constituency with low turnout also included 38.14 per cent in Pune Cantonment, 39.2 per cent in Shivajinagar.

54.53 per cent voting till 5 pm

Maharashtra recorded a rather low voter turnout on Monday with only 54.53 per cent polling till 5 pm. With the voting process about to be concluded, the turnout is expected to remain low.

Voting continues in Dharavi

Voters in stand in queue at Shahu Nagar ground in Dharavi. State election commission has placed wooden sheets at playground to prevent people from muddy patch.

Salman Khan casts his vote at Bandra West

Film actor Salman Khan casts his vote at a polling booth in Bandra West on Monday.

RPI's Sunil Khambe held for throwing ink at EVM

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

EVMs replaced at polls booths in Kalyan West

Polling booths in Kalyan West suffered with electricity problem and technical glitches more than four times. EVMs were replaced.

35.2 per cent voter turnout in Mumbai suburbs till 3 pm

Mumbai suburbs recorded a voter turnout of 35.2 per cent till 3 pm. The overall state voter turnout at the same time was 43.78 per cent.

RPI leader throws ink bottle on EVM in Thane

Unrest in Thane after Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Sunil Khambe threw an ink bottle on the EVM where he had gone to vote. He was protesting the usage of EVMs.

Incident of bogus voting reported at Mahim

Bogus voting reported at Mahim Wlwest R. C. Mahim Municipal School polling booth centre in Room No 50. Abdul Aziz Memon, a Mahim resident who had gone to vote claimed that someone else had already voted at the polling centre in his name.

Snag developed in EVM at polling booth in Wadala

Snag developed in EVM at polling booth number 13 at Wadala in Amulakh Amichand School at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg. People waiting in queue since half an hour. This is the only polling booth in the area.

41.1 per cent voter turnout in Pune district by 3 pm

Voting has picked up in Pune district with overall turnout reaching 41.1 per cent by 3 pm.

Pune: Kaba Peth registers lowest turnout

So far, lowest voters turnout has been seen in Kasba Peth (26.11 per cent) where Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak trying her luck after Girish Bapat who represented the contitutency for five consecutive terms vacated it after he was elected Pune MP. She is up against Congress' Arvind Shinde.

Bachchans cast their vote for Maharashtra Assembly elections

Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan leave after casting their vote at a polling booth in Juhu, Mumbai.

41 per cent voting in Pune district till 3pm

Total polling till 3pm in Pune district is 41.10 per cent

Junnar- 49.03
Ambegaon- 52.54
Khed - 48.53
Shirur-44.86
Daund - 49.2
Indapur- 52.27
Baramati -52.2
Purandar -46.4
Bhor -48.76
Maval-53.6
Chinchwad-35.79
Pimpri-31.28
Bhosari-40.35
Vadgaonsheri-32.07
Shivajinagar-28.76
Kothrud-35.32
Khadakwasla-37.75
Parvati-33.06
Hadapsar-41.16
PuneCantonment-27.72
Kasba-26.33

Palghar: Zero voter turnout in some villages as villagers boycott polls

In several villages in Palghar, zero voter turnout was registered as the villagers boycotted the election. (Photo from Varor village by Deepak Joshi)

Here's why the villagers are boycotting the polls

Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam casts his vote at Versova

Former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam cast vote in Versova with his family. (Express photo)

Shah Rukh Khan, wife Gauri cast their vote in Bandra West

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

Maharashtra elections: Milind Deora casts his vote

Former Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora cast his vote today for Maharashtra Assembly polls.

EC sets up creches at booths for kids of women voters

In a bid to make the polling process convenient for women voters, temporary creches for their children have seen set up for the first time in some Assembly segments of Maharashtra, an official said on Monday.

Since many women voters have no option but to carry their children along with them to the polling booths, the Election Commission came up with this initiative, the EC official said.

"The experiment was carried out for the first time during the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, and now the EC has replicated the same concept in the Maharashtra polls," he said.

The initiative was taken after the EC observed how voters travelled to the polling stations and how much average time they spent at the booths, he said. (PTI)

Polling resumes in Virar

Voting resumes in Virar. Meanwhile, Bahujan Vanchit Aghadi workers file a complaint at a local police station.

Clashes had erupted between Sena and BVA leaders at a polling booth, bringing the voting procedure to a halt for sometime. The BVA workers had claimed that Sena leader Pradeep Sharma was trying to threaten the poll officials.

Rural Pune continues to see good turnout, Pune city yet to get good response

Assembly constituencies in Pune district saw maximum voter turn out till 1 pm as the voters yet to come out in large to exercise their right in the Pune city.

The Ambegaon assembly constituency saw the highest voter turnout of 38.26 per cent, inching past Baramati which had 37.61 per cent polling till 11 am. They were followed by Bhor with 36.15 per cent, Maval with 35.4 per cent and Junnar with 35.3 per cent turnout.

On the other hand, the constituencies in the Pune city are yet to cross the 30 per cent mark by 1 pm. The Kasbapeth Assembly constituency in the heart of the city has registered the lowest turnout of 18.57 per cent while Pune Cantonment has seen only 18.82 per cent voters exercising their franchise.

Maharashtra elections: Minor scuffles reported in Beed, Jalna

As voting continued across the state, reports of scuffles came in from Beed and Jalna districts, PTI reported. In Beed's Balepeer area, 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, an official said. The area was tense for a while before police, as well as the two candidates, managed to defuse the situation, he added. In Jalna's Jamkhed area, two groups owing allegiance to local leaders clashed before being separated by police.

Virar: Clashes erupt between Sena, BVA leaders

In Virar, clashes between Sena and Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi (BVA) leaders brought the voting procedure to a halt for sometime. The BVA workers claimed that Sena leader Pradeep Sharma was trying to threaten the poll officials.

Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar cast their vote in Mumbai

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar after casting their vote at a polling booth in Mumbai.

Maharashtra Assembly Elections: 33.73% turnout in Ahmednagar

At 1 pm, a voter turnout of 33.73 per cent was recorded at Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.

Actor John Abraham cast his vote

Actor John Abraham also cast his vote.

Deepika Padukone casts her vote


Actor Deepika Padukone leaves after voting at St Anne's school in Bandra West. (Express photo/Mohamed Thaver)

'Start this Diwali season with a bang': Preity Zinta

Actor Preity Zinta tweeted, "Start this Diwali season with a bang. Please go vote and make a difference." 

Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Pune sees voter turnout of 28.80%

A voter turnout of 28.80 % was recorded in Pune at 1 pm.

Junnar-35.3
Ambegaon-38.26
Khed-32.21
Shirur-29.92
Daund-29.03
Indapur-34.31
Baramati-37.61
Purandar-28.2
Bhor-36.15
Maval-35.4

Mumbai BJP general secretary Sunil Rane casts his vote


Mumbai BJP general secretary Sunil Rane with Mumbai North MP Gopal Shetty. (Express photo/Abha Goradia)

EVM glitches at Maharashtra polling booths, Congress complains to EC

Faulty EVMs delayed polling at some booths in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri and Bhandara districts on Monday, an official said. Polling was also halted for sometime at a booth in Worli area of Mumbai due to a technical error, he added. The state Congress unit also sent 187 complaints to the Election Commission of malfunctioning of EVMs.

Hema Malini casts her vote in Mumbai

Actor and BJP MP Hema Malini also cast her vote at a polling booth in Mumbai's Andheri (West).

Tendulkar votes, urges people to vote for 'better tomorrow'

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar led the sports fraternity to vote for the Maharashtra Assembly elections and appealed to people to come out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right. Tendulkar cast his vote along with wife Anjali and son Arjun. "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.

'Celebration of democracy': Sharad Pawar

"I request everyone to come out and vote in large numbers, this is a celebration of democracy," NCP chief Sharad Pawar said after casting his vote in Mumbai.

Swabhimani Paksha candidate shot at, thrashed

Three motocycle-borne masked men fired at a candidate of pro-farmer outfit Swabhimani Paksha when he was going in a car, and also beat him up after pulling him out of the vehicle in Maharashtra's Amravati district, police said. The attackers later set the car ablaze, Shendurjana Ghat police station's inspector Maruti Gedam said. Devendra Bhuyar, the nominee of Raju Shetti's Swabhimani Paksha from Morshi seat, was taken to a hospital where his condition was reported to be normal.

Maharashtra elections LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. (File)

Maharashtra elections LIVE Updates: Out of the total 288 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, BJP is contesting on 164 seats while Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats. On the other hand, the Congress has fielded 147 candidates and ally NCP 121. In 2014 elections, BJP won 122 seats, Sena 63, Congress 42 and the NCP 41.

If the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 was the pivot of BJP’s poll campaign, the Congress-NCP camp raised issues of economic slowdown and joblessness. The lacklustre canvassing by the Opposition was evident from the fact that Congress-NCP alliance — the principal opposition formation in the contest — not holding a single joint rally.