Mumbai, Oct 22: Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance successfully thrashed the opponent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena Alliance by claiming half of the 288-member legislative assembly with 144 seats in the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly Polls.
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance which won 91 seats blamed the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for its bad performance in the state.
The three year old party led by Raj Thackeray put up an impressive show bagging 13 seats in its debut assembly polls.
While Third Front bagged 14 seats, others parties secured 26 wins.
Congress which was bolstered by the shortcomings of the Opposition parties once again proved its might with this victory.
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Poonam Mahajan, the daughter of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan lost to Kadam, by 56575 votes.
Cong-NCP alliance leading in Maharashtra
The ruling Congress-NCP alliance is leading in 133 of the 288 Assembly constituencies in the state.
Meanwhile, Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP combine is leading in 99 seats in the state.
Raj Thackeray-led MNS is leading in 14 seats, while Third Front in 12 seats and others are ahead in 26 seats.