Mumbai, April 29: A moderate voter turnout of 52.07 per cent was recorded in the fourth phase of polling for 17 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra till 5 pm. Voting was held in Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South, Maval, Shirur and Shirdi. The Nandurbar Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest 62.44 per cent voter turnout.
For the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, 323 candidates were in the fray. A total of 3.11 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed an alliance with the Shiv Sena, where the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are contesting polls together. Of the 17 seats going to polls today, eight seats were won by the BJP in the 2014 elections. Check Full Schedule of Lok Sabha Polls 2019.
The remaining nine seats went to the Shiv Sena in the previous Lok Sabha polls. However, this time a neck-and-neck electoral battle is expected between the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the Congress-NCP combine. Of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state, 31 went to polls in three phases of Lok Sabha elections on April 11, April 18 and April 23. The BJP-Shiv Sena combine bagged 41 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress won only two seats and NCP just four. Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 4: Six Key Electoral Battles to Watch Out in This Round of Polls.
In Palghar Lok Sabha seat, the electoral contest is between Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA)'s Baliram S Jadhav, who is also backed by the Congress-NCP alliance, and Shiv Sena's Rajendra Gavit. The constituency has a total electorate of 15,78,077, comprising 8,30,432 men and 7,47,645 women. In Bhiwandi, Congress's Suresh Taware will lock horns again with BJP's Kapil Patil. The constituency has 16,96,598 voters, including 9,45,405 males and 7,51,184 females.
The Kalyan Lok Sabha seat will see a fight between Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde and NCP's Babaji B Patil. The constituency has 19,22,045 voters including 10,45,495 men and 8,76,551 women. In Thane, the contest is between Shiv Sena's Rajan Vichare and NCP's Anand P Paranjpe. The constituency has 20,73,442 voters comprising 11,42,158 males and 9,31,284 females. In Mumbai North, the Congress fielded Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar against BJP's strongman Gopal Shetty. The constituency has a total electorate of 17,83,870 including 9,72,645 men and 8,11,225 women.
The Mumbai North East seat will see a contest between BJP's Manoj Kotak and NCP's former MP Sanjay Dina Patil. The constituency has total 16,68,347 voters comprising 9,23,011 males and 7,45,342 females. In Mumbai North West, the Shiv Sena has renominated its sitting MP Gajanan C Kirtikar who will be challenged by former Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam. The constituency has an electorate of 17,75,428 including 9,86,908 men and 7,88,520 women.
The Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat is witnessing an electoral fight between BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and three-time MP Priya Dutt of the Congress. The constituency has 17,38,894 voters comprising 9,67,474 males and 7,71,420 females. In Mumbai South Centra, Shiv Sena's sitting MP Rahul Shewale will lock horns with Congress's Eknath Gaikwad. The constituency has an electorate of 14,47,885 including 7,93,801 men and 6,54,084 women.
In Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat, former MP and Union Minister Milind Deora is hoping to wrest it back from Shiv Sena's sitting MP Arvind Sawant. The constituency a total of 14,85,846 voters comprising 8,28,964 males and 6,56,882 females. The Maval seat will see a fight between Shrirang Barne of the Shiv Sena and NCP's Parth Pawar, son of former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar. In Shirur, the Shiv Sena renominated its sitting MP Shivajirao Adhalrao against NCP's Dr Amol Kolhe.
In Shirdi Lok Sabha seat, Shiv Sena has fielded its sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Bhausaheb Kamble. Kamble will face a tough challenge from Sadashiv Lokhande of the Congress. The Dhule Lok Sabha seat will witness an electoral contest between BJP's Dr Subhash Bhamre and Kunal Rohidas Patil of the Congress. In Nandurbar, the BJP renominated its sitting MP Heena Vijaykumar Gavit. The Congress has declared KC Padavi as its candidate.
The Nashik Lok Sabha seat will see a fight between Shiv Sena's Hemant Godse Tukaram and NCP's Sameer Magan Bhujbal. In Dindori, the BJP fielded NCP turncoat Bharti Pawar against NCP's Dhanraj Haribhau Mahale. The Lok Sabha elections results will be declared on May 23.
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