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. Actor Ranveer Singh also came down to his designated polling station in Bandra, Mumbai, on Monday to cast his vote. He was snapped outside the voting booth flaunting his inked finger.
After casting his vote, Ranveer Singh also shared an inked selfie on his Instagram story and captioned it Vote.
Meanwhile, Ranveer's wife Deepika Padukone was spotted casting her vote earlier on the day. Several other Bollywood celebrities including Rishi Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Lara Dutta, Salman Khan, and Anil Kapoor were also spotted arriving at their respective polling booths to exercise their rights.
The 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena and smaller parties is against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP. The BJP is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra. In the saffron alliance, BJP will be contesting on 164 seats, and Shiv Sena will fight on 126 seats in Maharashtra. Alliance partners of BJP have fielded 14 candidates on the party's lotus symbol. Meanwhile, the Congress is contesting the polls in alliance with the NCP. Both parties are contesting on 125 seats each in the 288-member Assembly and its allies on the remaining 38 seats.
The opposition tried to corner the BJP governments at the Centre and in the states on the handling of the economy with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blaming the ruling party for the economic slowdown and unemployment and highlighting issues like "failure" of demonetization and GST rollout.
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