New Delhi: Counting of votes for the October 21 single-phase Maharashtra Assembly elections was carried out on Thursday. Though the final and official results are yet to be announced, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine is all set to continue for five more years in office in the state. (Follow all Maharashtra Assembly election-related news here)
Earlier on Thursday, counting process started at various counting centres across the state.
In Bhandup West, Shiv Sena’s Ramesh Korgaonkar is currently in the lead, while on the Jogeshwari East seat, his party colleague Ravindra Waikar, too, is in the lead.
Former BMC mayor and four-time corporator of the country’s richest civic body, Sunil Prabhu, who won the Dindoshi seat in 2014, won the seat yet again by a margin of 82,203 votes.
BJP’s Atul Bhatkalkar, meanwhile, made it two wins a row from the Kandivali East constituency. The party’s Yogesh Sagar was leading on the Charkop seat while on Malad West, incumbent Congress MLA Aslam Shaikh was ahead by over 10,000 votes.
In the previous elections in 2014, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 122 seats in the 288-seat Assembly while the Shiv Sena was victorious on 63 seats, the second-highest. Though the two parties contested the polls individually, having snapped their ties just ahead of the elections, after the result, they stitched an alliance to form government in the state, with the BJP’s then-state chief Devendra Fadnavis becoming the Chief Minister.