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Assembly elections: Political developments in Maharashtra as counting progressed

Nearly 64 per cent of 8.35 crore voters or 5.42 crore people exercised their franchise to elect the 288-member Assembly.

Updated:October 19, 2014, 8:00 AM IST
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Assembly elections: Political developments in Maharashtra as counting progressed
Nearly 64 per cent of 8.35 crore voters or 5.42 crore people exercised their franchise to elect the 288-member Assembly.

8:25 pm: Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda to visit Maharashtra as observers and decide on chief ministerial candidate.

8:20 pm: BJP Parliamentary Board meeting ends. Party leader JP Nadda briefs media persons.

8:15 pm: BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says the party is yet to decide on its chief ministerial candidate.

7:45 pm: Amidst rumours of the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray receiving a call from the BJP camp, the former called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah to congratulate for the record victory, say sources.

7:10 pm: NCP leader Sharad Pawar says, "There is no compulsion to support a party. A party has got a mandate and we decided to support them. Any other coalition will be unnatural. We have no conditions set for this support that we have offered."

7:05 pm: Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray receives a call from BJP parliamentary board, say sources.

6:27 pm: If BJP is fine joining hands with NCP, it should go ahead with it, says Sena chief.

6:25 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says it is yet to approach anyone for alliance.

5:02 pm: NCP leader Majid Memon says, "Amit Shah has not rejected us. Let's see what decision will the BJP take in their Parliamentary Board meeting."

4:55 pm: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit says, "The PM will have an impact but let's see how long it will last. The Congress high command was waiting for this result. I think there will be a reshuffle now. Under Sonia Gandhi we won two elections and Modi has only won one. But the congress needs to re connect with people and reevaluate our working. We haven't understood the change in the mindsets of the people."

She adds, "People wanted change. It should not disturb us. Anti incumbency and a sense of fatigue and a desire for change were the reasons we lost. You can't only call the Congress corrupt. Perception about corruption did hurt us but it was unfair.

4:30 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi says, "The party accepts the election verdict delivered by the people of Maharashtra and Haryana with humility and resolves to play a constructive and vigilant role. The people of Maharashtra and Haryana trusted us."

4:15 pm: BJP President Amit Shah says the chief minister of Maharashtra will be from the party.

4:10 pm: BJP President Amit Shah says the party will form the government in both the states. "These results prove that people of India have accepted PM Narendra Modi as their only leader. Now, it's the responsibility of the BJP to provide the best governance possible in both states."

He adds, "The Modi wave is still on. Our opposition was wrong in discounting it."

4:04 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi congratulates BJP for its success. "We accept the verdict of people. People have voted for change, after 15 years of our government in Maharashtra and 10 years in Haryana. I congratulate the BJP on their success. The Congress Party will work hard on the ground to once again earn the confidence of the people."

3:30 pm: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis says, "Whom we will form a government with, that decision will be taken by our Parliamentary Board. Decisions will be made clear in a few hours."

3:13 pm: NCP leader Praful Patel says the party is ready to give outside support to BJP.

2:45 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani says, "The alliance with Shiv sena should not have broken. I am happy with the results. If party wants, I will mediate between BJP and Shiv Sena."

2:35 pm: Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan thanks people for supporting the party. He says, "Results are not satisfactory. Will play role of positive opposition. We will work together to build Congress again in the state."

2:05 pm: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari says the party is discussing internally on the issue of alliance in Maharashtra.

2:00 pm: MPCC Congress chief Manikrao Thakre resigns

1:45 pm: BJP's Ambrishrao Raje Satyavanrao Atram wins Aheri seats by nearly 19,858 votes.

BJP's Bharsakle Prakash Gunvantrao wins Akot seat by 31,411 votes.

Independent candidate Shirishdada Hiralal Chaudhari defeats BJP's Anil Bhaidas Patil by 21,239 votes.

NCP's Dilip Dattatray Walse Patil defeats Shiv Sena's Arun Govindrao Gire by 58,145 votes.

Congress's Amar Sharadrao Kale defeats BJP's Dadarao Yadavrao Keche by 3,143 votes.

NCP's Dipika Sanjay Chavan wins Baglan seats from BJP's Dilip Manglu Borse by 4,181 votes.

Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi candidate Tare Vilas Sukur defeats Shiv Sena's Kamalkar Anya Dalavi in Boisar seat by 12,873 votes.

Congress's Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar wins Brahampuri seat by 13,610 votes.

BJP's Dr Aher Rahul Daultrao wins Chandvad seat by 11,161 votes

1:34 pm: Congress concedes defeat in Maharashtra. Congress leader Manikrao Thakre says, "I take full responsibility of the defeat and have offered to resign as the party state president ."

1:23 pm: BJP leader Pankaja Munde says that the party's win is a tribute to her father late Gopinath Munde. She says, "We have come up as single largest party. We had expected a clear majority. I am winning all seats in my constituency. We have come up as single largest party. We had expected a clear majority."

On chief ministerial post, Pankaja says, I never said that I want to be the CM or airpiring to be CM. I am born in a politician family and know how things work. I am happy for having contributed."

1:04 pm: Congress leader and former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's daughter Praniti is leading on Solapur central seat.

1:00 pm: Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis says, "I am certain the BJP will form the state government and it will be an ideal one. The chief minister will be from the BJP."

12:51 pm: Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan wins South Karad seat in Satara.

12:45 pm: Shiv Sena apokesperson Shweta Parulekar says, "We accept the results. There is a meeting at Matoshree at 4 pm to decide the future action."

12:40 pm: Union Minister Smriti Irani says, "Our campaign in Maharashtra was against Congress. Haryana results are also significant."

12:33 pm: MIM's advocate Waris Yusuf Pathan wins Byculla constituency from Maharashtra.

12:22 pm: Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is leading from Karad South by a slender margin of 1,799 votes.

In Muktainagar constituency, BJP leader Eknath Khadse (BJP) was leading by a margin of 3,162 votes.

In Parli constituency, Pankaja Munde (BJP) was leading by a margin of 263 votes over her nearest rival.

In Latur city, Amit Deshmukh (Cong) was leading by a margin of 7,088 votes.

Former Minister Madhukarrao Chavan (Congress) was leading by a margin of 1,709 votes in Tuljapur constituency of Osmanabad.

In Ratnagiri, Uday Samant, who had switched from NCP to Shiv Sena on the eve of elections, was leading by a margin of 3,524 votes.

In Kankavli, Nitesh Rane (Cong) was leading by a margin of 3,412 votes.

In Sawantwadi, Deepak Kesarkar (Shiv Sena) was ahead by a margin of 14,286 votes over his nearest rival.

In Byculla constituency of Mumbai, BJP's Madhu Chavan was leading by 444 votes.

In Nandurbar constituency, Vijaykumar Gavit (BJP) was leading by 3,288 votes.

12:20 pm: In Pune, former Congress minister Harshawardhan Patil was trailing by over 10,000 votes in Indapur constituency.

12:12 pm: Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi says, "After 10 years and 15 years of governance, the people wanted to bring a change. This is democracy, we will work and return."

12:05 pm: Union Minister Piyush Goel says, "I think BJP will inch in closer to half way mark and will form govt with like minded party in Maharashtra."

On reports of post-poll alliance with the Sena, Piyush Goel, "It is up to Uddhav Thackeray to decife the next step."

12:02 pm: State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis is trailing in Nagpur south west constituency.

11:54 am: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says, "The party will go with which ever party works for betterment of Maharashtra."

11:52 am: Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya says, "We are open to take support from any party which supports our manifesto."

11:50 am: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal wins from Yeola in Nashik district by defeating his nearest rival Sambhaji Pawar of Shiv Sena by 46,442 votes.

11:46 am: MIM candidate leads by 40,000 votes in Aurangabad East.

11:43 am: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya say, "The party high command will decide the future strategy. People have shown faith in Narendra Modi's good governance and development."

11:37 am: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar rules out possibility of post-poll alliance with the NCP.

11:34 am: The NCP is speaking to Sena. Sena leaders say they are going to wait and watch as numbers are changing.

11:30 am: The NCP meeting is underway. Senior party leaders Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel meet. Ajit Pawar to join the meeting soon.

11:23 am: Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane loses from Kudal.

11:22 am: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi says, The NCP break with us proved expensive for us."

11:21 am: Senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman says, "Corrupt governments like Congress and NCP have been removed. BJP workers are very hard working."

11:15 am: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam says, "The BJP has not got full majority which means people are not liking Narendra Modi."

10:56 am: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says, "This win is because of Narendra Modi. After looking at BJP's work people have given a chance in Maharashtra too."

10:54 am: BJP candidate Madhuri Misal wins Parvatti constituency.

10:50 am: Shiv Sena hints at reaching out to the BJP, says war is over as it was restricted to the electoral battle.

Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai say, "The atmosphere is conducive now. The kind of statements that came from both sides indicates that we are ready to move on. The bitterness should be left behind. These are just the trends. We will get more seats than this."

10:36 am: BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi says, "The result proves that the central leadership stand was right, more factual. This is not just the single largest party but we are way ahead of all other parties."

10:35 am: Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is trailing behind former minister Vilaskaka Undalkar in south Karad.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar is leading in Baramati in western Maharashtra

10:33 am: BJP MP Poonam Mahajan says, "Narendra Modi has been the face of the BJP and the PM's face is that of good governance and development. It is always a collective effort."

10:27 am: BJP President Amit Shah talking to BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis, Vinod Tawde and Om Mathur. All scenarios are being discussed.

10:21 am: Congress spokesperson Rajiv Shukla says, "There may be Modi wave but that wave has declined since the Lok Sabha elections."

On party workers demand of bringing Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka in the political arena, Shukla says, "Demands for Priyanka have come earlier as well. Let this be decided by the Gandhi family. We should not get into this."

10:19 am: No talks with BJP so far, says Shiv Sena

10:17 am: BJP opens back-channel talks with Shiv Sena. Discussions also on a rotational chief minister, say sources.

10:07 am: Senior Maharashtra BJP leaders hold meeting at the party office. State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis, Vinod Tawde and Om Mathur are meeting at the BJP office.

10:05 am: Channels of communication with Shiv Sena open, say BJP sources.

10:03 am: Senior BJP leader JP Nadda says, "We have been cautious in our approach to Shiv Sena. We didn't attack them during election. The Parliamentary board will decide what to do."

9:56 am: Shiv Sena spokesperson Shweta Parulekar says, "We are happy with the initial trends. But we are sure to get more seats. We will play a crucial role in forming the government. Uddhav Thackeray will decide when to speak to BJP."

9:50 am: Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is confident of the party forming the government on its own. "The results are yet to be out. We are nearing the majority. We will form the government."

He adds, "We have always said that the Shiv Sena is not our opponent. As of now we are not allying with anyone. We are hurt by the way Shiv Sena targeted BJP and our leaders."

9:45 am: The BJP has ruled out possibility of post-poll alliance with the NCP. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli says, "The NCP and Congress are of the same ideologically. There is no possibility of alliance with NCP."

9:43 am: BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli says, "Maharashtra trends show we are a little short from majority but let us wait for a while."

9:35 am: NCP leader Majid Memon says, "BJP is one man show. After Gopinath Munde's death, the party had no big face in Maharashtra. It is only Modi magic, they have nothing else in the party."

9:27 am: Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut says party chief Uddhav Thackeray will take final decision on post-poll alliance with the BJP. He says, "This is not the right time to talk about BJP alliance. Uddhav Thackeray will take the final decision. We will wait for complete results."

9:22 am: Congress spokesperson Rajiv Gowda says, "Prithviraj Chavan is applauded for his clean image. Early trends are not looking very nice for us. This looks like anti-incumbency."

He adds, "There is a process of organisational and generation change on, the process is on and the leadership is aware of how to reorganise to make it a winning party."

9:17 am: NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal trailing from Yeola seat.

9:14 am: Senior BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Ekanth Khadse leading.

9:11 am: Maharashtra BJP reaches out to former ally Shiv Sena as early trends suggests that the party might fall short of majority.

Sahasrabuddhe says, "We consider Shiv Sena as one of our former friends. We will not criticise our former friends."

9:10 am: Senior BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe says, "The BJP will get clear mandate this time. The popular trend is with BJP."

9:06 am: BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh says, "State governments have worked towards our win. The result is on expected lines. The country wants good governance."

9:00 am: State BJP core committee member Pankaja Munde is leading in Parli Assembly constituency over estranged cousin Dhananjay Munde of NCP.

8:56 am: Celebration begins at BJP headquarters. BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain says, "People believe in Narendra Modi and in BJP. India has accepted Modi's leadership."

8:50 am: Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane is trailing behind Vaibhav Naik of Shiv Sena in Kudal seat of coastal Konkan.

Senior NCP leader and former state home minister RR Patil is trailing from Tasgaon seat .

8:35 am: Senior NCP leader Nawab Malik does not rule out alliance with the Shiv Sena. He says, "We do not believe in exit polls, our minimum number will be 50. If tehre is a hung assembly, we will not compromise with our ideology. No question to go with the BJP."

Malik says, "Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is to be blamed for the Congress's defeat in Maharashtra. He was doing a vendetta politics." Chavan led the Congress's campaign in Maharashtra.

8:30 am: The NCP has not opened its account yet.

8:12 am: Early trends show BJP leading in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena is also leading in some areas.

The Congress and NCP have not opened their accounts yet.

8:08 am: BJP leader Madhav Bhandari says, "I don't know at this moment if BJP and Shiv Sena could come together, but I do not see any near possibility of the two coming together."

8:05 am: The BJP is confident of sweeping the state. Party spokesperson Shaina NC says, "The mandate will be ours. The only agenda we had was to get rid of the corrupt government in Maharashtra."

On late Union Minister Gopinath Munde's daughter Pankaja's willingness to be the Maharashtra chief minister, Shaina NC says, "Pankaja is a mass leader but we have quite a few mass leaders. The BJP is a democratic party."

8:00 am: The counting of votes begins.

New Delhi: The counting of votes begin for 288 Maharashtra Assembly seats on Sunday. The Assembly polls on October 15 witnessed a multi-cornered fight as Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena contested alone. The BJP was in alliance with a few minor parties.

Nearly 64 per cent of 8.35 crore voters or 5.42 crore people exercised their franchise to elect the 288-member Assembly.

The Congress is banking on development and Prithviraj Chavan's 'clean image' while the Shiv Sena is projecting itself as one with a "real identity" of Maharashtra.

The BJP is riding high on the Narendra Modi wave promising change and a corruption-free government.

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