Barring stray incidents of violence, polling on Monday was largely peaceful with the state witnessing a voter turnout of 60.46 per cent that is less than the 63.38 per cent polling recorded in the last Assembly elections in 2014.
However, the rural parts of Maharashtra showed more enthusiasm than the urban centres, evident from the difference in voting percentages. In the major urban centres of the state, including Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Solapur among others, polling percentage remained in the mid-50s range.
NCP MP and daughter of
Mumbai Photos: From first-time voters to senior citizens and politicians, highlights of polling day
What’s your excuse?
Leprosy patients from Anandwan, Chandrapur exercise their rights
Beach Warrior Afroz Shah cast vote
Mumbai policemen cast their vote
Mumbai’s auto to the rescue
Mumbai’s former top cop votes
Voters in Kurla
My Vote Matters
We have voted, Have you?
NCP turned Shiv Sena leader Sachin Ahir casts vote
Age no bar
Cancer patient casts his vote
Senior Citizen voting in Thane
Vinod Tawde votes with wife Varsha
BJP’s Prasda Lad votes with his family
Sakhi Matdan Kendra in Chembur
Scouts and guides help voters
Somaiya family cast their vote
A few inspiring instances made the tryst with democracy a memorable affair. In Pune, a 102-year-old man, suffering from a heart ailment, went straight to a polling booth after being discharged from a hospital. Ibrahim Alim Joad, who, according to his family, has never missed voting since Independence, consulted his doctors before going to vote. “Modi is doing good work and hence my vote goes to him,” he said.
The state has a total 8,98,39,600 voters, including 1,06,76,013 in the age group of 18 to 25. Nearly 6.5 lakh polling personnel were deployed at 96,661 polling booths across the state.
The opposition Congress said it filed over 250 complaints of poll procedure violations with the
In Gadchiroli district, a 45-year-old teacher posted on election duty died in a hospital after fainting while walking towards the voting booth on Monday morning, an official said. Bapu Pandu Gavade, who was heading to the booth with a polling party from Dehari base camp, fainted mid-way near Pursalgondi village of Etapalli area.
In Pune, a 62-year-old man fainted while standing in the queue outside a polling station in Bhosari constituency and later died of brain haemorrhage in the hospital, police said. Abdul Rahim Shaikh, a resident of Shantinagar, was suffering from cancer for the last one year, police added.
The supporters of Shiv Sena candidate from Beed, Jaydutt Kshirsagar, who is the employment guarantee and horticulture minister, clashed with the followers of his nephew and NCP candidate from same constituency, Sandeep Kshirsagar, over alleged incidence of bogus voting.
According to the complaint lodged with the local police by Sandeep Kshirsagar, around 10 to 12 persons working in a cooperative institution run by Jaydutt Kshirsagar tried to impersonate other people. However, the minister has refuted the charges.
In Pimpri constituency, supporters of local NCP corporator Dabbu Aswani came to blows with the followers of Shiv Sena candidate Gautam Chabukswar who is defending his seat.
Photos: Pune steps out to vote; pictures from polling day in Pune, Baramati and other cities from Maharashtra
What’s stopping you?
Elders vote in Gadchiroli
Students help senior citizens
102-year-old comes to vote
Makeshift bridge for voters
A muddy election
One chocolate per vote
People in Wagholi appeal others to vote
Selfie point outside Akola polling station
Voters in Amravati
The family comes out to vote
Dabbu Aswani attacked outside his house
Sangli polling station decked up for elections
A first-timer casts her vote
One responsible citizen!
Prithviraj Chavan votes with family
Medha Kulkarni casts her vote
Prakash Javadekar votes in Kothrud
Crowd at Shivaji Nagar booth
Age no barrier
Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote
Sand art for voter awareness
Sanjay Bhegade votes in Maval
Balasaheb Thorat votes in Sangamner
Traffic in Kondhwa
Eknath Khadse casts his vote
Polling station decorated at Patrakar Nagar
Selfie points outside polling booths
Mehendi for voters
Ajit Pawar casts his vote
Senior citizens step out to vote
Supriya Sule casts her vote
Free food on showing your ink
Police extend a helping hand
Ashok Chavan casts his vote
Solapur: Polling station rained out
Gopichand Padalkar votes in Sangli
Mahadev Jankar votes
‘Arati’ before the vote
The violence left five people injured with the condition of two persons stated to be critical. While Aswani alleged that Sena workers were trying to intimidate people and preventing them from casting vote, Chabukswar claimed that the NCP workers started the fight as they could see the writing on the wall that they would be comprehensively defeated.
AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel received minor injuries in a clash between workers of the NCP and his party in Aurangabad Central assembly constituency. The incident took place near a polling booth in Katkat Gate locality, a local police official said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Khade said it was a minor scuffle, and the situation was under control. Poll-related altercations were also reported in Lotakaranja, Harsul and Baijipura areas of the city. — With inputs from agencies
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