Mumbai: Voting for the 288 Maharashtra Assembly constituencies took place on Wednesday amidst tight security. Here are a few interesting facts apropos of the multi-cornered fight:
- More than 500 political rallies were organised across Maharashtra in the run-up to the Assembly Elections. Out of this, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari addressed the highest number of rallies, i.e. 104, ahead of polls.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooed electorate by addressing 22 rallies.
- Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held 50 rallies, whereas his cousin and chairman of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Raj Thackeray, addressed 32.
- The number of rallies held by Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar is 55.
- Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed six and four rallies respectively.
- Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and state president Devendra Fadnavis held 17 and 40 rallies respectively.
Some other facts:
- An electorate of around 8.35 crore is eligible to cast their vote and elect 288 representatives from among 4,119 candidates in the state, including 276 women. There are 1,699 Independents in the poll arena.
- Congress has fielded maximum number of candidates – 287; Shiv Sena- 282, BJP - 280, NCP - 278, MNS - 219, CPI - 34, CPM – 19.
- There are 83 constituencies having more than 15 candidates. Nanded South has the maximum 39 candidates.
- A total 8,35,38,114 voters can cast their ballots at 91,376 polling stations across the state.
- Out of 91,376 polling stations across the state, 626 were classified as 'hyper-sensitive'. Besides, there are another 2,331 'sensitive' polling stations. Gadchiroli has the highest number (450) of 'hyper-sensitive' polling stations.
- There is not even a single 'hyper-sensitive' polling station in Mumbai.
- The security included over 1.22 lakh state police personnel, 320 companies of Central Reserve Police Force.
- Altogether 5,84,617 polling personnel have been deployed.
- A total of 1,51,032 EVMs have been installed for the voting process in the state.
- Voters are eligible to exercise their franchise from 7 am to 6 pm. Camera, laptop and mobile phone are not allowed inside polling stations.
- The election commission helpline numbers are – 1950/1800221950. Voters can send an SMS on 869889966 to get their 10-digit voter identity number. They can also log on to ceo.Maharastra.Gov.In to get any other assistance.
- Over 2 lakh litres of illicit liquor worth Rs 2 crore, purportedly meant to lure voters in poll-bound Maharashtra, was seized during Assembly poll campaign by the Election Commission-appointed surveillance teams. Out of this, 20,000-litre illicit liquor worth Rs 1 crore was whiskey, beer – 3,500 litres, country-made liquor – 33,000 litres. More than 3,000 people have been held in connection with this.