Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2009

  • No consensus on seat-sharing issue in Maharashtra November 1, 2009

    Mumbai: It has been more than a week since the Congress-NCP alliance won the Maharashtra Assembly elections but the government is still not in place. The two parties have not been able to arrive at an agreement on the allocation of key ministry portfolios. The Congress currently has 18 ministry...
  • Cong, NCP not ready with seat-sharing deal October 31, 2009

    Mumbai: The deadlock over portfolio allocation amongst MLAs from winning Congress-NCP alliance continues in Maharashtra. The man chosen by the Congress high command to be the next chief minister, Ashok Chavan On Friday said that negotiations are still on between the Congress and the NCP leaders. However, sources indicate that...
  • NCP-Cong power-sharing talks end in deadlock October 29, 2009

    Mumbai: The meeting between the top leaders of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress over the power sharing issue in Maharashtra ended in a deadlock on Thursday. According to the sources, Home, Finance and Energy are the portfolios which both the parties are keen on getting. Meanwhile, there are reports that...
  • Violence-free repolling in Naxal-infested Gadchiroli October 16, 2009

    Nagpur: Heavy deployment of paramilitary forces assisted by four Indian Air Force helicopters helped the administration and police to conduct violence-free polling in Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district, officials said. As many as 27 companies of Border Security Force, 26 companies of Central Reserve Police Force, two companies of State Reserve Police...
  • Re-poll ordered in two Maharashtra polling stations October 14, 2009

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered re-poll in two stations and adjourned voting in 22 others in Maharashtra after Tuesday's Assembly elections. The re-poll has been ordered at one station each in Nagpur and Ichalkaranji constituencies. Voting has been adjourned in 13 polling stations in Aheri constituency, seven in Armori...
  • Re-poll at 22 Naxal-hit Maharashtra booths on Oct 15 October 14, 2009

    Mumbai: The Election Commission on Tuesday night ordered re-polling in 22 polling centers in three Naxal-infested constituencies of Maharashtra where the polling parties could not reach due to hindrances put up by the extremists. As many as 13 polling centres in Aheri, seven in Armori and two in Gadchiroli constituencies will...
  • Maharashtra votes, without hope of change October 14, 2009

    Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh voted for their state Assemblies on Tuesday, but the elections may be reflective of the people's mood after the Lok Sabha polls. TV exits polls and analysts give the Congress the lead--in alliance or on its own--in Maharashtra (288 seats), Haryana (90 seats) and Arunachal Pradesh...
  • Thackerays go together to vote for state polls October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Maharashtra went to polls on Tuesday and joining the Mumbai voters were the three Thackeray generations. While Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray arrived at a polling booth in Bandra with the three generations of his family, his estranged nephew and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray showed up...
  • Battle for Maharashtra: Cong-NCP have the edge October 14, 2009

    Congress-NCP combine will duck anti-incumbency to get a decisive edge, says the IBN Lokmat CNN-IBN projections. They could get between 135 and 145 seats while Raj Thackrey's MNS plays spoiler for the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. ...
  • Mumbai squanders chance, few line up to cast votes October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: The Assembly polls in Maharashtra seem to reflect that an average Mumbaikar still does not care about who gets elected as the representative. For the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, the vote per cent was just 41 per cent. This was the second chance for Mumbaikars to show...
  • Bollywood turns out in large numbers to vote October 14, 2009

    Mumbaikars might not have turned out it large numbers to exercise their vote in the state elections on Tuesday, but Bollywood sure made its presence felt across various polling booths. Here's a look at the stars who came out to cast their vote and make a change. ...
  • Maoist-affected area of Maharashtra to go for repolls October 13, 2009

    New Delhi: People in 22 polling stations in the Maoist-affected areas of Maharashtra, where poll officials could not reach on Tuesday, will be given another opportunity to vote, Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said in New Delhi. Chawla said the polling was "very satisfactory" and the "morale was extremely" high in...
  • Heavy voting in states October 14, 2009

    New Delhi: The Assembly elections in three states on Tuesday recorded heavy polling, varying from 60 per cent in Maharashtra to 66 per cent in Haryana and 72 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said. "The polling percentage may go up," he told reporters in the Capital. Chawla,...
  • Aamir, SRK, and Sanjay on Maharashtra voting October 13, 2009

    Maharashtra along with Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh went on voting for their Assembly elections on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. The voter turnout was low until the end of the polling. However, naxal-infested Gadchiroli had a high voter turnout of 40 per cent. ...
  • Maharashtra poll: Voting peaceful but turnout low October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Except two minor firing incidents in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district, polling in Maharashtra is by and large peaceful, Director General of Police in-charge of elections, AN Roy said in Mumbai on Tuesday. Roy said police had received reports of firing in Kasansur and Bonde villages, but there was no casualty. "There has...
  • Maharashtra polls: Voting percentage picks up October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Around 21 per cent polling was reported in the first four hours of voting for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday. "Around 21 per cent of the over 7.56 crore eligible voters in the state exercised their franchise till 11 am (1100 hrs IST)," an election official said. The polling, which...
  • Ambani, Pawar and Tendulkar among early voters October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, industrialist Anil Ambani, Mumbai Police chief D Sivanandan, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Board of Control for Cricket in India President Shashank Manohar were among the early voters in the Maharashtra Assembly elections on Tuesday. Pawar...
  • Mumbai voters not too enthused about polls October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Mumbai is the home to many rich, educated people and is the financial capital of India. But it also has a record of poor voter turnout during elections. After a poor show in the Lok Sabha elections the question now is will Mumbaikars change their attitude in the Assembly elections? The...
  • Maharashtra leaders' fate to be decided today October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Maharashtra voters on Tuesday will decide the fate of 3,559 candidates who are contesting for 288 seats in the state Assembly. The number of eligible voters is 7.58 crore and how they vote will decide the political future of leaders like Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena Executive...
  • Voting starts amid tight security in Maharashtra October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: Amid high security, polling began on Tuesday morning to elect the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Over 1.29 lakh state police and Central paramilitary forces (CPMF) have been deployed across the state to ensure fair and peaceful poll, state Director General of Police for elections AN Roy said. Adequate CPMF contingents have...
  • Special: Congress faces divided Opposition in polls October 13, 2009

    On Tuesday, three states go to the polls. Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh will vote for their state Assemblies. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance faces its first electoral test after its return to power through General Elections this year. What will be the shape of the state Assemblies in these...
  • Forces are well-equipped to fight back Naxals: Govt October 13, 2009

    Special Secretary (Home) UK Bansal says Govt has viewed the Naxals problem. ...
  • Voting today: Close contest in Maharashtra October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: A total of 3,559 candidates are putting their best foot forward, 84,136 polling stations are ready and elaborate security arrangements are in place as Maharashtra prepares for Tuesday's crucial Assembly elections, where the stakes are high for the main political parties. The three-week campaign was marred by a Maoist attack...
  • Watch: DGP assures peaceful polls in Maharashtra October 13, 2009

    DGP (elections) AN Roy says police force is ready to face Naxals. ...
  • I see Bal Thackeray's charisma in Raj, says Pawar October 13, 2009

    NCP President Sharad Pawar says MNS will eat into Sena-BJP votes. ...
  • Shakti Kapoor booked for violating Model Code of Conduct October 13, 2009

    Mumbai: A non-cognizable offence has been registered against actor Shakti Kapoor for allegedly violating model code of conduct by making a provocative speech during an election meeting in suburban Malad, police said on Monday. "The actor while seeking votes for Congress candidate Aslam Shaikh on October 6 had made some provocative...
  • Watch: Cops on high alert as Maharashtra goes to polls October 13, 2009

    Massive security arrangements have been done in Naxal-hit areas....
  • Massive security for polling in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli October 13, 2009

    Gadchiroli: Polling officers in the Naxal-infested areas of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra are also gearing up for election duties. DIG Sunil Ramanand and District Collector Atul Patne have briefed the polling and security personnel. "We are taking all necessary precautions and hoping for the best," polling officer Sukhdev Sakhre says. Polling and...
  • Campaigning ends, bribing of voters starts October 12, 2009

    Mumbai: Maharashtra will vote on October 13 to elect a new Assembly. Campaigning for the 288-seat Assembly ended on Sunday but political parties are still on a drive to woo voters. In some cases candidates have been accused of desperately trying to bribe voters with liquor, money and food. On Sunday a...
  • Here's why Raj is the talking point of the political season October 12, 2009

    Maharashtra votes in Assembly elections in two days. And it seems a lot of political leaders are only talking about MNS chief Raj Thackeray. ...