Maharashtra, along with Haryana, went to the assembly polls on Wednesday.
The poll in Maharashtra became an interesting affair after the BJP and Shiv Sena called off their alliance. The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party also ended their alliance.
Regarding Fadnavis's candidature for the CM's post, the state BJP chief is known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party's all-India president Amit Shah. The 44-year-old leader also has a clean image and a wider acceptability compared to many other leaders in the state BJP.
Fadnavis hails from a Brahmin family based in Nagpur, which is also the base of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the saffron party.
The sudden death of Gopinath Munde, one of BJP's tall leaders in the state, in a road accident in New Delhi in June created a vacuum in the state leadership and that might have helped Fadnavis's cause. Nitin Gadkari, another prominent leader of the BJP in Maharashtra, hadf earlier denied speculation that he was the party's CM candidate.
In Haryana, Rao Inderjit Singh and Captain Abhimanyu are among the front-runners for the chief minister's post.