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Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: All you need to know

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Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: On October 21, Maharashtra will lead to polls to elect a new Legislative Assembly. The tenure of the current Assembly will end on November 9. While Counting of votes will take place on October 24, well ahead of Diwali. Haryana will also head for polls simultaneously.

Elections in Maharashtra will be held for 288 out of the Assembly’s total 289 seats. One seat belongs to a nominated member. Over 8.9 crore voters are expected to cast their ballots across more than 95,000 polling stations.

The current political scenario in Maharashtra

Present Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led governing coalition is aiming to retain power. After having a bittersweet relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party for five years, the Shiv Sena has agreed to not only contest along with its traditional ally but also do so on a lesser number of seats.
 This BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, commonly known as ‘Maha-Yuti’ is being challenged by Congress-NCP’s ‘Maha-Aghadi’. Both alliances include other partners too.

Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS), Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi(VBA) and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM are also in this fray.

So what are the key things one needs to watch out for Maharasthra Polls?

Aaditya’s political plunge

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray is contesting from the Worli Assembly constituency in Mumbai. This makes the 29-year-old the first member of the Thackeray family to enter electoral politics.

Impact of defections

In the run-up to the election, many key opposition leaders have defected to the BJP and the Shiv Sena. Defections have happened in almost every constituency. However, this has also left the cadre upset in many areas. This is likely to have a major impact on the outcome in many seats.

Voter scrutiny over floods, economy

The election is happening months after a flood left many parts of Maharashtra devastated. The government’s response will be under voter scrutiny. There are also growing concerns over an economic slowdown and lacking job opportunities.

Abhishek Lohia is the Sports and Political Writer at News 21 Chaupal. He spent 2 years as a Digital journalist and last worked with the Newsfolo. He has graduated in B.E from Abdul Kalam University and is a product of the National Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. He is passionate about work, travelling and food, in that order. His areas of specialisation include politics as well as policy spheres like rural affairs, Aadhaar and other welfare mechanisms of the government. He can be reached on the email id: Abhishek.lohia@N21Chupal.com and you can follow him on Twitter @Chiraglohia2

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