New Delhi: In view of the upcoming assembly elections in the state, the Maharashtra government has announced a public holiday on October 21. This holiday was declared especially for those working in the government and semi-government offices, state-run corporations and boards, public enterprises and banks, stated a report.

Maharashtra will undergo a single-phase by-election on October 21, while the counting of votes will take place on October 24, announced the Election Commission of India on Saturday.

While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are yet to decide on a seat-sharing formula for the upcoming by-election in Maharashtra, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have agreed to contest in the assembly poll with 125 seats each. Meanwhile, smaller allies will contest from 38 seats.

The Shiv Sena is likely to receive two berths in the Legislative Council from BJP for the Maharashtra assembly poll. It must be noted that in the 2014 state election, the Shiv Sena and BJP had contested separately.

Meanwhile, ahead of the state assembly poll, CPI (Marxist) on October 5 released the first list of candidates. The list has eight names including N Adam from Solapur Central, JP Gavit from Kalwan, DL Karad from Nashik, Vinod Nikole from Dahanu, J Mali from Shahada, S Khandare from Partur, K Bhavar from Shahapur, K Narayanan from Andheri.

On Friday, the Congress released a list comprising 40-star campaigners for the upcoming state election which includes Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Shatrughan Sinha and former PM Manmohan Singh.

As per a report, as many as 95,473 polling stations will be created for over 8.95 crore voters in Maharashtra. While the final election results of Maharashtra’s 288-member assembly constituency will be declared on October 24, the tenure of the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra Assembly will end on November 9. Notably, the last date to file nominations was October 4 and the date scheduled for the scrutiny of nomination letters was October 5. Candidates are allowed to cancel their candidature any time till October 7.