The polling for the Maharashtra Assembly elections concluded at 6:30 PM on Monday. Ahead of the counting of votes on Thursday, Republic-Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll has brought out the most accurate projection of what to expect on October 24. The Exit Poll has projected a huge victory for the alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena led by incumbent Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
It is one of the most significant seats for the BJP and as per the Republic-Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll, Devendra Fadnavis will be registering a massive win by beating Congress's Ashish Deshmukh and others. Nagpur South West has been electing Devendra Fadnavis since 2009. Fadnavis contested the 2014 Assembly polls as a senior leader of the party from the State and won by a margin of more than 30,000 votes. Fadnavis is the son of the former Jan Sangh leader Gangadhar Fadnavis and was appointed the corporator in the Nagpur civic body at the age of just 22. He then went on to be appointed as the Mayor of the city at the age of 27, becoming the youngest Mayor. He then contested the 1999 Assembly polls and won. He then went on to win three consecutive elections.
In the previous assembly 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 alone. For the Congress and the NCP, the 2014 election turned out to be a disastrous one.
NDA is projected to secure seats in the range of 216 to 230 with reigning BJP laying hold of a significant majority with 135 to 142 seats. Followed by its ally Shiv Sena, which is projected to secure 81 to 88 seats in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar's NCP is likely to grab 30 to 35 seats. Meanwhile, Congress is estimated to contribute 20 to 24 seats to the UPA alliance. The term of the Devendra Fadnavis-led current Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 9.
In Maharashtra, the 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties is up against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP. In the 288-member Assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party is contesting on 164 seats, which includes candidates of smaller allies. Shiv Sena has fielded 126 candidates. Congress, on the other hand, has candidates in 147 constituencies and NCP will contest 121 seats.