Left Menu
Development News Edition

Maharashtra: 179 candidates in fray from 10 LS seats in second phase of polls

Maharashtra: 179 candidates in fray from 10 LS seats in second phase of polls
Image Credit: IANS

A total of 179 candidates are in the fray from ten constituencies in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra where voting will be held on April 18. A senior poll official Wednesday said around 85,46,000 voters are expected to exercise their franchise at 20,716 booths in these constituencies, spread in parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

"A live webcast of (polling) will be held at 2100 polling booths," said the official from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). The seats are: Buldhana, Akola, Amravati in Vidarbha and Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur in Marathwada and Solapur in south-western Maharashtra. Prominent candidates in the fray are former chief ministers Ashok Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde of Congress, who are contesting from Nanded and Solapur seats, respectively. In the 2014 elections, the NDA won 8 out of these 10 seats, riding the Narendra Modi wave, whereas the Congress won the remaining two seats - Nanded and Hingoli.

Beed constituency has the highest number of contestants at 36 while 10 candidates are contesting from Latur. In Beed, the home constituency of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde, his daughter Pritam is seeking another term. She is facing Bajrang Sonawane of the NCP. The hectic campaign in Beed saw Pritam's sister and state Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde, and her estranged cousin Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition in the state Council, addressing several rallies.

"There are 12 candidates in Buldana, 11 in Akola, 24 in Amravati, 28 in Hingoli, 14 in Nanded, 17 in Parbhani, 14 in Osmanabad and 13 candidates in Solapur Lok Sabha constituency," Maharashtra Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde said, adding that a total of four constituencies have more than 15 candidates. "Beed Lok Sabha constituency will have three ballot units in a control unit while Amravati, Akola and Parbhani will have two ballot units. Remaining six constituencies will have one ballot unit," he said.

A total of 62,700 Electronic Voter Machines (37850 ballot units and 24,850 control units) and around 27000 VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines are in place for the second phase. "According to guidelines from the Election Commission of India, arrangements have also been made for drinking water and shade for voters. Besides 'Sakhi' polling booths have been set up in each Assembly constituency," Shinde said.

Sakhi polling stations are aimed at encouraging more female voters to exercise their franchise. "Around 10 per cent of the total polling booths will webcast live and the offices of the district election officer, the CEO, and the ECI will keep a tab on the voting process," he added. Maharashtra, which sends second highest number of MPs to Lok Sabha (48) after Uttar Pradesh (80), is voting in four phases. A total of seven constituencies, all in the Vidarbha region in East Maharashtra, had voted in the first phase on April 11, recording a voter turnout of over 61 per cent. Polling will be held on April 23 and 29 for the remaining seats.

(With inputs from agencies.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...


Latest News

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands return home

Manila, Jan 26 AP Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A po...

Mizoram witnessing remarkable economic growth in recent years:

Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai on Sunday said Mizoram has been witnessing remarkable economic progress in recent years with the state having registered 14.82 per cent growth last year, which is one of the best in the country. If this momen...

Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential election

Burundis ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, picked its secretary-general, Evariste Ndayishimiye, as its candidate in a presidential election scheduled for May, it said on Sunday.Ndayishimiye, 52, also heads the department of military affairs in th...

When Padma Shri Bembem Devi called herself Bobo, Amko

Exploits in football earned her the Padma Shri, but to become Indias most well-known woman footballer, Oinam Bembem Devi played with the boys, called herself Bobo one day, Amko the other. The first woman footballer to have been awarded the ...

Give Feedback