A total of approximate 56 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Maharashtra as polling to elect the new state government ended at 6 PM yesterday. Maharashtra has 288 seats in the assembly with 4000+ candidates in the fray.
The voter turnout was higher as compared to the last assembly elections. The state had a ‘five corner contest’ after both the ruling Congress-NCP coalition and BJP-Shiv Sena alliance falling apart. This is the first big elections of an economically most developed state (Maharashtra), after the Narendra Modi government has taken over at the center.
The five-way poll battle among Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena (SS), Indian National Congress (INC), National Congress Party (NCP), and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) took an unprecedented route days before the candidates did file their nominations. On one hand the saffron alliance of BJP-SS broke, ending the 25-year-old alliance, whereas on the other, Congress-NCP also had a fall-out over the issue of seat sharing and over equally dividing the tenure of the Chief Minister among themselves.
Will the BJP ride on ‘Modi Wave’ once again, or will the people repose faith in the already decimated (at the center) Congress party? Will the NCP bring forth a surprise? Or will SS finally see its party member being a Chief Minister of Maharashtra state? Or whether the speculations of Raj Thackeray being the dark horse, may come true?
The Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 results will be out on October 19th, 2014.