The Election Commission of India declared the results of 288 assembly seats in Maharashtra. The Maharshtra Assembly Election witnessed five-cornored contest between the five major parties; Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). For the past 15-years, Congress and NCP alliance ruled the state. But the voters of Maharashtra this time gave chance to BJP to form government.

According to the official data displayed on Election Commission of India’s website, breaking the trends, the BJP won 122 seats out of 288 assembly seats, falling short of 145 seats required for majority in the assembly. Despite the fact that BJP could not touch the majority number, it increased its number of seats from 46 to 122. Shiv Sena that did not accept BJP’s demand of equal number of seats when the Sens-BJP alliance exits, found itself way behind and could win in 63 constituencies. Then too Sena was benifited with 19 seats.

Congress and NCP faced humiliation as it suffered in Lok Sabha Election 2014. Congress lost almost half number of seats it won in 2009 assembly elections. Congress won just 42 seats. NCP won 21 fewer seats as compared to 2009 assembly elections. As the BJP relied on Narendra Modi’s charasmatic persona in the state and it seems that it created impact too. Congress lacked the poll face in the state. Corruption allegations on NCP top brass leaders went against NCP and it trailed.

Raj Thackeray’s MNS that won 13 seats in last assembly election, could retain just a seat. Contesting first time in Maharashtra, Asaduddin Owaisi’s party All India Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) entered in the assembly winning two seats.

Partywise position:

Maharashtra Result Status

Status Known For 288 out of 288 Constituencies

Party

Won

Leading

Total

Bharatiya Janata Party

122

0

122

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

1

0

1

Indian National Congress

42

0

42

Nationalist Congress Party

41

0

41

Maharashtra Navnirman sena

1

0

1

Shivsena

63

0

63

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen

2

0

2

Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi

3

0

3

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh

1

0

1

Peasants And Workers Party of India

3

0

3

Rashtriya Samaj Paksha

1

0

1

Samajwadi Party

1

0

1

Independent

7

0

7

288

288

288

288

As the BJP would need support to get the majority in the assembly, political pundits have been making speculations for possible alliance. NCP leader Praful Patel offered unconditional support to BJP while Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that if BJP would give any proposal they will think on it. Sena also softened its stand and said that the party is ready to accept the Deputy Chief Ministerial post in return of support.

However, the BJP have not clarified its choice of partner but it may go with Sena as both the parties keep similar ideology. Apart from the question possible partner of BJP, there is a suspense about the CM candidate of the party. BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis and Pankaja Munde are strong contendars of the post.

As far as current scenario is concerned, we will have to wait and watch that what decision BJP takes. But Narendra Modi again created his magic in Maharashtra bringing his party in position to form government.