Mumbai, Feb 21: The phase-II of Maharashtra Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections are being held today. Polling for 11 zilla parishads and 118 panchayat samiti posts will begin from 7:30 AM in the morning. The elections will be held across the 12 districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, Nashik, Amravati and Gadchiroli. Stay tuned for all the live updates from the day of polling.Also Read - Panvel Municipal Corporation Election 2017 Winners: Party wise list of all winning candidates from 78 seats
Voting would be held at 1,268 places across Maharashtra. The total number of candidates in the fray is reported to be 9,208. The elections witnesses a solid electoral fight, as the four primary contenders in state politics – Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are contesting without forming a pre-poll alliance. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) would also be contesting in some pockets of the state. Also Read - Maharashtra Civic Election Party Wise Results 2017: BJP wins 8 out of 10 Municipal Corporations, sweeps Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samitis; Final tally
Out of the total 9,208 candidates, 2,956 re contesting for Zilla Parishad seats, whereas, 5,167 are fighting for the Panchayat Samitis. The total strength of electorate is 1,82,23,616. Male voters amount to 94,43,911, whereas, the female voters add up to 87,79,604. The total number of polling booths marked by State Election Commission is 22,159. SEC has deployed 14, 409 poll workers for the smoot conduct of elections. Also Read - Post BMC Elections 2017, BJP-Shiv Sena still contemplating on alliance: 10 updates
Along with the zilla parishad and nagar panchayat elections, polling would also be held for the 10 municipal corporations across the state.
In the recently held Nagar Panchayat elections in Maharashtra, BJP emerged as the single largest party. Congress secured the second spot, Shiv Sena third and NCP fourth. Banking on its previous success, BJP is confident of emerging as the number one party in Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections as well.
Results of the civic elections would be declared on February 23. The outcome is expected to impact the fate of state government in the state. BJP and Shiv Sena, despite ruling a coalition government in the State, have decided to fight the elections separately. The 25-year-old alliance is on the brink of breakup, as both the sides have launched bitter political attacks against each other.