Polling began on October 21st, 2019, in all 288 Assembly constituencies of Maharashtra where 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are contesting elections. Several Bollywood stars including Aamir Khan, Dia Mirza, Govinda, were seen coming forward to vote and execute their rights. Actress Kareena Kapoor, with son Taimur Ali Khan, was spotted outside the polling station flaunting her inked finger. 'Kabir Singh' actor Shahid Kapoor too took to his social media handle and flaunted his inked finger. Take a look -
Altogether 30.89 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first six hours on Monday in Maharashtra, after polling for the 288 Assembly seats began at 7 am, officials said. Election officials said Akkalkuwa constituency in north Maharashtra recorded 41.32 per cent voting till 1 pm, while Magathane in north Mumbai recorded 30.43 per cent polling during the same period. Voting will end at 6 pm.
Prominent personalities who voted include RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, CM Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Several Bollywood celebrities, including Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Lara Dutta, stepped out to vote for the Maharashtra Assembly elections.
Actor Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia cast their vote in Latur district, where Amit and Dheeraj, brothers of Ritesh are contesting as Congress candidates. Other urban areas like Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad reported a moderate response, while the turnout in rural areas was on the higher side, he said.
The state has total 8,98,39,600 voters, including 1,06,76,013 in the age group of 18 to 25 years. Nearly 6.5 lakh polling personnel have been deployed at 96,661 polling booths across the state.
Maharashtra recorded 63.38 per cent turnout in 2014 Assembly elections.
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