While low turn out to polling booths in the state upset election commission, most of the Bollywood celebrities and politicians performed their duties for the state and for the nation.
While Bollywood actress Rekha, actor Rahul Bose were among the first voters to cast their votes, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Prithviraj Chavan, Nitin Gadkari were among the top politicians who too were seen in polling booths earlier in the day. Bolywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan too cast their vote.
The strength of the Maharashtra Assembly is 288. An electorate of about 8.25 crore will choose from 4,119 candidates in the fray, including 1,699 Independents.
While Congress has fielded the largest number of 287 candidates, BJP 280 (including 23 of allies contesting on BJP symbol), Shiv Sena 282, NCP 278 and MNS 219.
Pictures of celebrities and politicians in Maharashtra: