Maharashtra Elections Results 2019: BJP to retain power with Shiv Sena, workers celebrate
Maharashtra Assembly Elections Results 2019: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has made a comeback as he has secured the Nagpur South West seat. Making his political debut, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray won the Worli seat.
By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: October 25, 2019 7:42:52 am
Maharashtra Elections Results Live: In the largely bipolar contest, it will be a testimony of the BJP-Shiv Sena’s decade-long alliance while determining the future of the Congress and NCP parties in the state.
Maharashtra Elections Results 2019 Live Updates: Maharashtra on Thursday appeared on course to have a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government for another term. In the 288-member Assembly, the BJP won 104 seats, while ally Sena bagged 56. The NCP bagged 54 seats and the Congress emerged victorious in 43 seats.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the people have given the alliance a decisive mandate to form the government for a second consecutive term. But Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray lost no time to “remind” the BJP about the “equal” or “50-50 power-sharing” formula for all berths in the new government.
Prominent winners in the Assembly elections include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde who trounced estranged cousin and BJP minister Pankaja Munde in a keenly-contested poll battle.
Maharashtra Elections Results 2019: BJP-Shiv Sena makes a comeback in the state. In terms of the increase in number of seats compared
to the 2014 polls, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP emerged as the largest gainer.
Maharashtra Elections Results Live: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta Fadnavi after voting in in Nagpur district on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Maharashtra Elections Results 2019 Live Updates:
The Maharashtra Assembly elections witnessed an overall turnout of 61.13 per cent, which is a two per cent decrease from the 2014 polling percentage of 63.08 per cent. A total of 5.48 crore voters — 2.94 crore men and 2.53 crore women — exercised their franchise. In the 2014 Assembly polls, the total number of voters were 8.35 crore, of which 5.26 crore had exercised their franchise. Of these 5.26 crore voters, 2.83 crore were men and 2.43 crore were women.
Exit polls have predicted a sweep for the ruling BJP-led NDA in Maharashtra. Most polls predicted the BJP-Sena would win between 194-243 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. The Congress-NCP alliance is expected to bag 48-90 seats.
The elections are a test for the BJP-Sena alliance, which on several occassions faced disagreements within. The BJP, under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is riding on its populist policies over the last five years. The Sena chose an interesting political strategy and fielded Aaditya Thackeray, son of chief Uddhav, from its stronghold on Worli. He is the first Thackeray to contest elections since the Sena was formed in the 1960s.
The Opposition has been in disarray in the state with the Congress battling infighting and the NCP witnessing a string of departures. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has largely led the Opposition campaign in the state, has also been hit by intra-party turmoil which has threatened his five-decade long political career.
Following the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the campaign in the state has been focused on the Centre's move to abrogate Article 370, which granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.