As the assembly polls in Maharashtra is underway, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray casts his vote at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. In the assembly polls, Thackeray has jumped into the poll fray and has fielded candidates in 104 of the 288 assembly seats. Earlier he visited Siddhivinayak temple. Earlier, he had put out a video on his Twitter appealing people of Maharashtra to vote. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aaditya Thackeray, who is contesting from Worli constituency cast their vote at Bandra East.
In a poll controversy, Raj Thackeray hit out at the BJP’s state chief Chandrakant Patil. Thackeray questioned Patil over contesting from Kothrud instead of his native in Kolhapur. This came just a day after the Chandrakant Patil responded to Raj Thackeray’s “Champa” jibe.
येत्या २१ तारखेला महाराष्ट्र विधानसभा निवडणुकीचं मतदान आहे. मतदानाला जाण्यापूर्वी माझं तुम्हा मतदारांना एक आवाहन आहे, ते जरूर ऐका.https://t.co/W5cJKVLVMr— Raj Thackeray (@RajThackeray) October 18, 2019
In Maharashtra, where the 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties is against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP, a total of 8,98,39,600 people, including 4,28,43,635 women, are eligible to vote. As many as 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are contesting in 288 seats and 96,661 polling booths are in place with 6.5 lakh staff for the voting exercise.
While the BJP has based its campaign in Maharashtra around the abrogation of Article 370, corruption charges on NCP and Congress leaders and on Sangh patriarch Savarkar, the opposition tried to corner the BJP on the handling of the economy with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi blaming the ruling party for the economic slowdown. The BJP, which is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra, is contesting 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies contesting on its lotus symbol, while Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats. On the other hand, the Congress and the NCP are contesting on an equal number of seats, that is 125 each.