New Delhi, Oct 24 : The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance on Thursday is all set to retain its power in Maharashtra as per counting trends available for the 288 Assembly seats.
The alliance is leading on 164 seats while the Congress and NCP combine is leading on 95 seats, as per the Election Commission figure available. The Independents were ahead in 29 seats, the Commission said.
BJP candidate Udayanraje Bhosale is trailing behind NCP nominee Shriniwas Patil by 10,000 votes in Satara Lok Sabha seat bypoll after the first round of counting. Shiv Sena supremo son's Aaditya Thackeray who has made his electoral debut is leading in Worli Assembly seat. The 29-year-old is pitted against NCP's Suresh Mane.
Former deputy chief Minister Ajit Pawar has established a comfortable lead over his BJP rival Gopichand Padalkar in Baramati. Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde is also leading over his rival and BJP minister Pankaja Munde in Parli.
Counting of votes for all the 288 Assembly segments began at 0800 hrs on Thursday. Exit polls have predicted a comfortable win for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government in the state.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is also leading from Nagpur South West assembly seat against Congress’ Ashish Deshmukh. Former chief ministers Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan are leading in Bhokar in Nanded district and Karad in Satara district, respectively.
The polling held on Monday saw a voter turnout of 61.13 per cent, a dip from the 63.20 per cent recorded in 2014.(UNI)