After the successful conclusion of polling in Maharashtra assembly elections on Monday, October 21, the Republic-Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll projects that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will effortlessly form the government in the state. Maharashtra's Sakoli will witness the fight between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' longtime friend Parinay Fuke and the Congress-fielded Nana Patole, a one-time BJP MP. Here is what the Exit Poll projects:
As per Republic-Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll, Parinay Fuke, a close confidant of CM Fadnavis is projected to win over Nana Patole. Fuke is currently a Member of the Legislative Council from the Local Area Constituency of Bhandara-Gondia districts since 2016 and was inducted into the Fadnavis government as minister of state for PWD and forests post-Lok Sabha polls this year. Patole, who resigned as BJP Bhandara-Gondiya MP in December 2017 was fielded in place of Sevak Waghaye by the Congress. He had also contested the Lok Sabha polls from Nagpur, where he lost to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. A total of 15 candidates contested in 2019 assembly polls from Sakoli.
In the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, Kashiwar Rajesh Lahanu of BJP won in this seat by defeating the INC candidate by a margin of 25489 votes which was 11.6% of the total votes polled in the constituency. BJP had a vote share of 36.81% in 2014 in the seat. In the previous election in 2014, the BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, and NCP won 122, 63, 42 and 41 seats respectively. The BJP-Shiv Sena combine earned 185 seat majority in the Assembly. For the Congress and the NCP, the 2014 election turned out to be a disastrous one.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to secure an overall of 216 to 230 seats with incumbent BJP projected to win a significant majority of around 135 to 142 seats. The saffron coalition of BJP and Shiv Sena is projected to secure around 81 to 88 seats. Sharad Pawar's NCP is predicted to win 30 to 35 seats. Meanwhile, Congress is projected to secure 20 to 24 seats.