The Maharashtra assembly polls are slated to take place on October 21 and a total of 1,905 nominations has been filed across 46 Assembly constituencies in eight districts of the Marathwada region. As per the EC data, as many as 1,309 nominations were filed on the last day of filing of forms on October 4. The last date of withdrawal of nominations is October 7.
According to the data provided by the Election Commission on Saturday, the highest number of nominations were filed in Nanded district (492), which comprises nine constituencies, while the lowest number of nominations (83) were filed across three assembly segments in Hingoli district. Besides Nanded and Hingoli, Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna, Parbhani, Latur, and Osmanabad districts are part of the Marathwada region. Constituency-wise, the highest and the lowest number of nomination papers in the region were filed in two assembly segments in the Nanded district.
The highest number of 147 nominations were filed in Bhokar constituency, where former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is contesting as a Congress candidate, while Mukhed constituency in the same district received only 15 nomination papers.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in his visit to Mumbai on September 22, has announced that Shiv Sena and BJP will contest the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections jointly. However, Diwakar Raote, senior Shiv Sena leader and Minister in Maharashtra government, has recently said that the alliance will break if the Sena doesn't get to contest 50% of the seats. A few days later, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "BJP will have to respect the 50-50 formula that was decided in the presence of Shah and Fadnavis."
The Assembly elections in Maharashtra are being conducted on October 21 in a single phase. The results are set to be announced on October 24. Maharashtra is currently governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance, under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP since 2014.
(With Inputs from PTI)