Mumbai: Saturday is the last day to file nominations for the October 15 Assembly Elections in Maharashtra.
And a rush of candidates is expected considering all four major parties – the Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress and NCP – decided their candidates at the eleventh hour after their alliances collapsed at the last minute.
Amid unprecedented realignments in political equations, Mumbai Police have made elaborate security arrangements to scotch possible conflicts among the rival members during the process of filing nominations.
The police have sought timings of filing nominations from candidates at the 36 election returning offices in the metropolis to avoid their face off with rivals in a bid to prevent any possible clashes.
On Friday, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigned following Congress-NCP split in Maharashtra.
NCP called off its 15-year-old alliance with Congress in Maharashtra on Thursday, withdrawing its 62 MLAs' support in the 288-seat Assembly after the talks over seat sharing for upcoming elections failed.
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance of 25 years also collapsed on Thursday after the two parties failed to agree on seat-sharing formula for the upcoming elections.
(With agency inputs)