Eleven candidates are in fray for ten seats in the biennial Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections to be held on June 20, setting up for a close fight between the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance’s Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the tenth seat.
As MVA, BJP pray for 'political miracle', MLC polling begins
Polling for the biennial elections to 10 seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council started with both the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party praying for a 'political miracle' for the one crucial seat on which there's a main contest among 11 candidates, here on Monday.
MLC polls: As of 10 am, 68 MLAs have cast their vote
Shiv Sena legislators reach Vidhan Bhavan to cast their votes in state council election
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on day of MLC elections
MLC Polls: BJP MLA Laxman Jagtap leaves for Mumbai in wheelchair
Nawab Malik, Anil Deshmukh move Supreme Court challenging Bombay High Court order rejecting their pleas to vote in MLC elections
BJP MLA Mukta Tilak arrives at Vidhan Bhavan to cast vote
Notably, Mukta is a cancer survivor. She has been elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Kasba Peth in the 2019 state elections as a member of Bharatiya Janata Party.
Minister Aaditya Thackeray arrives at Vidhan Bhavan with Shiv Sena MLAs
Shiv Sena's strategy for the MLC elections is based on 5 regions of Maharashtra. Shiv Sena MLAs will vote in 5 groups
5 teams each representing Konkan, Western Maharashtra, Marathawada, North Maharashtra and Vidarbha have been constituted
MLC polls: Mahavikas Aghadi is in the lead, Congress demands 4 first-choice votes from Shiv Sena
MLC polls: So far,156 MLAs have cast their vote
MLC polls: BJP MLAs' bus leaves for Vidhan Bhavan
MLC polls: Maharashtra Minister Dhananjay Munde casts vote
MLC polls: Shiv Sena MLA Mahendra Dalvi casts vote
MLC polls: Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil casts vote
MLC polls: 203 MLAs have cast their vote so far
BJP MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule meets Ajit Pawar
There was a meeting held between Ajit Pawar, Chandrasekhar Bavankule and Eknath Khadse.
Voting of all Congress MLAs is complete, while voting of two NCP MLAs is pending
MLC polls: 246 MLAs have cast their vote so far
Polling started on a brisk note with over 246 MLAs across party lines casting their votes under the eagle eyes of their respective polling agents by 1 p.m.
MLC polls: 275 MLAs have cast their votes till 2 pm, 10 remaining
Anil Deshmukh, Nawab Malik's petition to be heard soon in court
All 6 MVA candidates will win Maharashtra MLC polls: Sanjay Raut
As voting was underway on Monday for the elections to 10 seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut expressed confidence that all six nominees of the ruling allies will win the polls.
All top leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress), including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Congress leaders Nana Patole, Balasaheb Thorat, Mallikarjun Kharge, were holding discussions with each other over the polls, Raut told reporters.
MLC polls: 275 MLAs have cast their vote till 3 pm
Supreme Court declines to permit Maharashtra's former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and cabinet minister Nawab Malik a temporary release to cast vote in the MLC polls today. Deshmukh and Malik are in judicial custody.
Maharashtra MLC election | The counting of votes is underway, we expect the results to be out in the next 2 hours. All the 6 candidates from Maha Vikas Aghadi are going to win: Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat, in Mumbai
Fate of 10 nominees in state Council poll will be decided by 283 who cast votes after two votes were declared invalid due to overwriting
BJP is approaching Election Commission against Returning Officer's ruling to declare one vote cast to its nominee Uma Khapre invalid
NCP and BJP to appeal to Central Election Commission against the decision of disqualification of votes, counting of votes will be delayed
First results in: BJP's Ram Shinde and NCP's Eknath Khadse have won in MLC polls
Shiv Sena's Sachin Ahir, Amshya Padvi, NCP's Eknath Khadse, BJP's Pravin Darekar, Shrikant Bharatiya, Uma Khapre, Ram Shinde declared victorious. NCP's Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar wins.
BJP bags five seats
Congress's Bhai Jagtap has got the 20 votes of first preference while BJP nominee Prasad Lad has got 17 votes in biennial elections of Maharashtra state legislative council.
Three Congress MLAs cross voted in biennial elections of Maharashtra state legislative council.
Winner in first round NCP - Eknath Khadse NCP - Ramraje Nimbalakar BJP - Prof Ram Shinde BJP - Pravin Darekar BJP - Uma Khapare BJP - Shrikant Bharatiya Shiv Sena - Sachin Ahir Shiv Sena - Amasha Padvi
In all, 11 candidates are in the fray - five of the BJP and two each of the Maha Vikas Aghadi allies, the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress.
Big setback to Congress as former Mumbai Mayor Chandrakant Handore loses. Bhai Jagtap wins.
BJP's Prasad Lad has won
Full list of winners
NCP - Eknath Khadse
NCP - Ramraje Nimbalakar
BJP - Prof Ram Shinde
BJP - Pravin Darekar
BJP - Uma Khapare
BJP - Shrikant Bharatiya
BJP - Prasad Lad
Shiv Sena - Sachin Ahir
Shiv Sena - Amasha Padvi
Congress - Bhai Jagtap