Maharashtra civic body polls: As it happened

Elections to the BMC and nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra have virtually turned into a battle of prestige for Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray. 

By Kamna Arora | Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 00:54
Pic courtsey: @Dev_Fadnavis

Mumbai: Millions voted on Tuesday in Maharashtra to elect 10 major civic bodies, including the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), India's largest and richest civic body.

The election, which will also pick 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samitis, is widely seen as a referendum on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

By close of balloting, an estimated 50 per cent of Mumbai's 9.2 million (92 lakh) electorate had voted. Early voters included political leaders as well as Bollywood actors.

22 February 2017, 00:54 AM

56 percent voters exercised franchise across ten municipal corporations in Maharashtra, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation which recorded a 55 percent turn-out, state election commission officials said, as per PTI.

21 February 2017, 22:41 PM

69% voter turn-out for 11 ZillaParishads and 118 PanchayatSamiti polls in Maharashtra: Election officials.

21 February 2017, 22:40 PM

55% voting recorded for BMCpolls, eclipsing the last poll percentage by almost 10%: Election officials.

21 February 2017, 18:33 PM

In Mumbai, the polling percentage reached 41.32 percent till 3.30 pm.

21 February 2017, 18:33 PM

The voter turn-out for Zilla Parishads in Maharashtra was 48.25 percent till 3.30 pm.

21 February 2017, 18:29 PM

About 42.80 percent voters today exercised their franchise in the first eight hours - till 3.30 in the afternoon - of polling for 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra, as per PTI.

21 February 2017, 18:19 PM

21 February 2017, 16:34 PM

Residents of three out of 19 buildings of MIG Colony in Mumbai`s East Bandra, summing up to at least 100 voters, did not find their names on the list. They, reportedly, voted in the previous elections, but this year, their names were missing from the list. The Polling Officer told the voters they need to lodge a complaint in this regard.

21 February 2017, 15:10 PM

"I voted ...!!! Did you ....??," tweets actress Juhi Chawla.

Juhi Chawla

21 February 2017, 15:05 PM

Voter turnout was 32.10 percent till 1.30 pm in BMC polls.

21 February 2017, 14:28 PM

Mumbai records 16.40% voter turnout till 11.30 am. Pimpri-Chinchwad city reports 20.73% voter turnout till 11.30 am, Pune 19.5%, Thane—19.11%, Solapur city—18%, Solapur district—24%.

Nagpur reports 16% polling till 11.30 am.

21 February 2017, 14:15 PM

A bridegroom, Mahesh Nawale, casts his vote before marriage at Navbharat Vidyalaya in Parel, Mumbai.

21 February 2017, 14:03 PM

Late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's daughter-in-law Smita Thackeray embarrasses the party, tells India Today: "Problems have remained unresolved for years. I myself had to face problems, in spite of being from the family."


21 February 2017, 13:09 PM

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut arrives to cast his vote at a polling booth in Bhandup East, Mumbai.

21 February 2017, 13:08 PM

Sachin Tendulkar and his wife arrive to cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai.


21 February 2017, 12:41 PM

Actor Varun Dhawan arrives to cast his vote at a polling booth in Bandra, says "upsetting that I couldn't find my name on the voter list". "My name has not shown up on the list, unfortunately. It`s bizarre because I voted last year. I will find out from EC where is my name," Dhawan tells reporters.


21 February 2017, 12:37 PM

By 10 am, Mumbai notched around 10 percent balloting from the 9.20 million strong electorate. 

21 February 2017, 12:30 PM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis casts his ballot, urges people to vote to bring about change.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

21 February 2017, 12:20 PM

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, accompanied by his wife and son, queues up at a polling booth in Mumbai's Bandra East. 

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

21 February 2017, 11:58 AM

Actor Shreyas Talpade tweets: "DeVOTE some time Mumbai...for a better future. This time let's make them answerable."

21 February 2017, 11:54 AM

Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor tweets: "Done voting. Please exercise your right & go vote!"

Actor Shraddha Kapoor


21 February 2017, 11:46 AM

Bollywood's livewire actor Ranveer Singh exercises his franchise and urges people to vote.

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh

21 February 2017, 11:21 AM

Around 8.33 percent voting was recorded in the first two hours of polling across 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtra. 

21 February 2017, 11:20 AM

Former chief minister Manohar Joshi, also a senior Shiv Sena leader , casts his vote at a polling booth in Shivaji Park.

Manohar Joshi

21 February 2017, 10:58 AM

Film director and screenwriter Zoya Akhtar casts her vote at a polling booth in Bandra.

Zoya Akhtar

21 February 2017, 10:57 AM

Veteran actress Rekha casts her vote in Bandra, Mumbai.

21 February 2017, 10:55 AM

BJP MP Poonam Mahajan tweets: "This is democracy in full bloom! It is not just your right but your responsibility. I cast my vote. Have you?"

BJP leader Poonam Mahajan

21 February 2017, 10:52 AM

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma casts her vote and tweets: "Started my morning by casting my vote.Voting  is our duty towards our country & its progress.Pls go out&vote"

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma 

21 February 2017, 10:49 AM

Senior Congress leader and former home minister Sushilkumar Shinde casts his vote for civic body polls in Solapur.

Sushilkumar Shinde


21 February 2017, 10:45 AM

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray casts his vote.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray

21 February 2017, 10:39 AM

On reports that her name was missing in the voter's list, Shaina NC clarifies on Twitter: "Not true friends ,I did vote. They could not find my name as there was an error in the printed list, however authorities were helpful."

21 February 2017, 10:36 AM

BJP leader Shaina NC's urge on Twitter: "Cycle to vote , walk to vote, but VOTE"

Shaina NC

21 February 2017, 10:27 AM

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde casts his vote and urges Mumbaikars to do the same. "Mumbaikars, strengthen the roots of democracy and cast your votes for the city we call home. Make each vote count! #MumbaikarVoteKar," tweets Tawde.

Vinod Tawde

21 February 2017, 10:24 AM

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari casts his vote for Nagpur Municipal Corporation polls, at a booth located in Nagpur's Town Hall.

Speaking to the media after casting his vote, Gadkari urges voters to choose deserving and meritorious candidates keeping aside caste, creed and religious considerations.

The minister hopes that this time the voting percentage will go up to 70.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

21 February 2017, 10:21 AM

BJP leader Shaina NC arrives to cast her vote at Nepean Sea Road polling booth on a cycle. She, however, could not find her name in the voter's list. 

BJP leader Shaina NC

21 February 2017, 10:14 AM

The Bharatiya Janata Party exudes the confidence of securing a majority in BMC polls. "This time the BJP will definitely get a majority, the people are with us and we have a commitment to the people. I am sure that under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis, the BJP will get a majority and Narendra Modi`s developmental model will be replicated in Mumbai," BJP leader Kirit Somaiya tells news agency ANI.


21 February 2017, 10:03 AM

Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar casts his vote, tells reporters that glitches like delay in release of voters' list might have an impact on the poll results.

21 February 2017, 09:59 AM

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar​ casts his vote at polling booth no 214(11) located in Mahalaxmi (West). Revathi, the daughter of Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule, accompanies her grandfather to the voting booth.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar


21 February 2017, 09:57 AM

Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Ajoy Mehta casts his vote at polling booth number 214 (18), located at Mumbai's Pedder Road.

Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Ajoy Mehta

21 February 2017, 09:29 AM

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) chairman Deepak Parekh casts his vote, says demonetisation has nothing to do with these polls and we need to move on.

21 February 2017, 09:26 AM

Tina Munim Ambani casts her vote at a polling booth in Colaba, says she voted for good work in Mumbai city.

Tina Ambani


21 February 2017, 09:22 AM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote at Bharat Mahila Vidyalaya for Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections.

Mohan Bhagwat


21 February 2017, 09:19 AM

Voting in elections to BMC and nine other civic bodies in multiple cities of Maharashtra begins.

21 February 2017, 09:07 AM

A total of 43,160 polling booths have been set up across the state which will be manned by around 2.76 lakh officials.

21 February 2017, 09:07 AM

For the 151-member Nagpur civic corporation, there are 1,135 candidates in fray, while for the 162 seats of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), a total 1,090 candidates are contesting the election.

21 February 2017, 09:06 AM

Similarly, for the 122-member Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), there are 821 candidates in the fray, whereas for the 80-member Akola Municipal Corporation (AMC), 579 candidates are fighting the election.

21 February 2017, 09:06 AM

805 candidates are contesting polls for the 131-member Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), 479 for the 78-member Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC), 774 for the 128 seats in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and 623 are in the fray for the 102-member Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMP).