Maharashtra Assembly polls: All you need to know

the campaigning for the Maharashtra Assembly polls coming to an end on October 13
With the campaigning for the Maharashtra Assembly polls coming to an end on October 13, the star campaigner and senior leaders of all the political parties are making their last ditch efforts to woo voters.

Important dates
End of campaigning: October 13
Date of polling: October 15
Date of counting: October 19

Interesting Facts

Total candidates: 4119
Male: 3843
Female: 276

Number of constituencies: 288

Chinchwad is the larget constituency (Electorate wise)
It has 483,080 electors.

Wadala is the smallest Assembly constituency.(Electorate wise). It has 196,859 electors.

Number of electors:
Male: 44,026,401

There are 91,376 polling stations in all with 584,617 polling personnel deployed.

Total candidates:
Congress: 278
Shiv Sena:282

Party leaders:

NCP: Ajit Pawar fighting from Baramati
Congress: Prithviraj Chavan fighting from South Karad
BJP: Devendra Fadnavis contesting from Nagpur (South West)
Shiv Sena: Uddhav Thackeray who is not contesting the polls
MNS: Raj Thackeray, he also chose not to enter the poll fray

The main parties in the fray
Strength: The party has been ruling the State since 2009 and has experience of ruling the State.
Prithviraj Chavan, known for his 'clean image' is leading the party.

Weakness: The Congress is dealing with anti-incumbency factor.
Corruption marred stint of the Congress may prove hurdle
Solely dependent on Chavan who is termed as 'in-efficient CM by his rivals.

Strength: Though the party lost in previous Assembly polls,but its specatular win in recently concluded Lok Sabha polls has boosted the morale of the party.
The party is confident of sweeping the polls single-handedly.
Incumbency factor is in favour of BJP.

It lacks crowd-pulling mass leader.
Mainly fighting election riding on Modi wave.

Shiv Sena
Strengths: Its main strength is its charismatic leader Balasaheb Thackeray and the Shivaji legacy.
The party has been wooing voters playing Maratha card.

Absence of mass leader and a crowd puller.
Mild nature of its current chief Uddhav and his inexperience in handling political matter.

Last Assembly election (2009)
Voter Turnout: 60%
Number of candidates: 3,559 including 211 women
Electors: Male 3,97,34,776, Female 3,60,76,469, Total 7,58,11,245
Polling stations: 84,136
Constituency with maximum candidates: Aurangabad East - 28
Constituency with minimum number of candidates: Dahanu (ST) and Islampur - 4 each

Congress won 82 out of 169 seats
NCP : 62 of the 114 seats
BJP :46 out of 119
Shiv Sena won 45 out of 160 seats
MNS managed to win 13 out of 145
Independent: 24

Lok Sabha polls 2014 verdict
BJP won 23 seats
Congress 2 seats
NCP got 4
While, Shiv Sena 18

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