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
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.
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.