New Delhi: Counting of votes for the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly Elections, took place at various counting centres across the state on Thursday. The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena has taken a decisive lead over the Congress-NCP combine and is all set for second consecutive five year term in office. (Catch all Maharashtra Assembly election-related news here)
Vidya Thakur, who is a minister in CM Devendra Fadnavis’ government, retained her Gorgeaon seat, which she won in 2014, by a margin of 81,233 votes. Dr. Bharti Lavekar of the BJP, who became a first-time MLA from Versova by winning from the seat in 2014, was successful yet again, winning by a margin of 5,186 votes.
BJP’s Ameet Satam, winner from Andheri West in 2014 state polls, was leading on the seat by well over 18,000 votes. Ramesh Latke of the Shiv Sena, meanwhile, has won in Andheri East by nearly 17,000 votes. A seat won by BJP’s Parag Alavani five years ago, Vile Parle witnessed its current MLA close to retain it, as he is ahead of his rivals by over 37,000 votes. However, in a blow to the Congress, the Chandivali seat, won by Khan Mohammed Arif, who was retained from here, is currently being led by the Shiv Sena’s Dilip Lande.
In 2014, BJP and Shiv Sena contested the state Assembly polls individually but formed alliance post polls to form the government, after the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 122 seats in the 288-seat Assembly and the Sena winning the second-highest number of seats with 63. This time, the two parties, which have already formed a pre-poll alliance, will repeat their respective contestants from the two seats.