Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: Two days after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray apologised to his partymen for giving away seats to alliance partner BJP, 26 Sena corporators and 300 party workers sent their resignation to him citing their ‘unhappiness over the distribution of seats’. Shiv Sainiks in Kalyan are upset that the seat was given to the BJP, which has issued a ticket to Ganpat Gaikwad.
In the party’s annual gathering at Shivaji park on Dussehra, Thackeray focused on why he chose an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and agreed to play second fiddle to the party. The Shiv Sena, which has always been the big brother in the alliance of 25 years, is contesting on 124 seats in the forthcoming assembly polls, while the BJP and other allies will be contesting on the remaining seats out of the 288 seats. Read More
Oct 10, 2019 1:06 pm (IST)
As per the schedule released by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Sawant would first visit Kolhapur on Thursday during which he would meet officials ofthe BJP’s young wing. He would later address a rally in Kolhapur. On Friday, he would travel to Karad,Satara and Sangli districts where he will interact with local party leaders.
Oct 10, 2019 12:38 pm (IST)
Goa CM Pramod Sawant Begins Campaign | Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday began his four-day tour of poll-bound Maharashtra where he will address rallies and interact with BJP workers.
Oct 10, 2019 12:10 pm (IST)
In Badnera, Preeti Band, the widow of former Sena MLA Sanjay Band, is pitted against two-term Independent MLA Ravi Rana, who has the backing of the opposition Congress and NCP. In Teosa, Wankhade is taking on Congress MLA Yashomati Thakur, who is eying a hat-trick. In Achalpur, Fiske, the local municipal council president, is contesting against three-term Independent MLA Bachchu Kadu.
Polling for the 288 Assembly seats in the state will be held on October 21 and counting of votes will take place on October 24
Oct 10, 2019 12:00 pm (IST)
Thackeray will address a public meeting at the Dussehra maidan in Amravati city to campaign for Shiv Sena candidates Preeti Band (Badnera Assembly seat), Rajesh Wankhade (Teosa) and Sunita Fiske (Achalpur).
Oct 10, 2019 11:57 am (IST)
Shah will address a public gathering in Melghat constituency, a tribal belt where the BJP has fielded Ramesh Mavaskar, a fresh fresh, in place of sitting MLA Prabhudas Bhilavekar. Mavaskar is pitted against NCP’s Kewalram Kale.
Oct 10, 2019 11:55 am (IST)
BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will address separate rallies in Maharashtra’s Amravati district, which is located in Vidarbha region, giving momentum to the campaign.
Oct 10, 2019 10:54 am (IST)
Kejriwal Unlikely to Campaign | Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal is unlikely to campaign, as of now, for the upcoming state assembly elections. He will not campaign even in Haryana, his home state.
Oct 10, 2019 10:40 am (IST)
Rahul Gandhi to Campaign from Oct 13-15 | Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will address election meetings in Maharashtra on October 13 and 15 and will hold a rally in Haryana on October 14.
Oct 10, 2019 10:33 am (IST)
Congress-NCP Workers to Join Sena | According to reports, a few Congress-NCP workers are going to join shiv Sena today morning at 11 am at Matoshree
Oct 10, 2019 10:07 am (IST)
Raj Thackeray to Hold Rallies in Mumbai | Meanwhile, Raj Thackeray to start campaigning for MNS candidates from today. He was to hold his first rally in Pune last evening, but it was cancelled due to heavy rains. He is to hold two rallies in Mumbai today evening.
Oct 10, 2019 9:36 am (IST)
Sena Settled for 124 Instead of 135 Seats | The Sena had been pressing for at least 135 seats during months of wrangling with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but later settled for 124 and two seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the saffron party’s quota. In an interview to Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray said he had shown “maturity” in dealing with the alliance.
Oct 10, 2019 9:34 am (IST)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had on Monday admitted that he compromised on the seat-sharing pact with the BJP for the Maharashtra polls on October 21 but insisted that it was “for the welfare of the state”.
Oct 10, 2019 9:34 am (IST)
Sena Corporators, Workers Tender Resignations | At least 26 Shiv Sena corporators and around 300 workers of the party have sent their resignation to party chief Uddhav Thackeray citing their ‘unhappiness over the distribution of seats’. Sena workers in Kalyan are upset that Kalyan seat was given to BJP. The BJP has issued ticket to Ganpat Gaikwad, against whom the party workers have rallied.
Oct 10, 2019 9:19 am (IST)
In the run-up to the Maharashtra Assembly polls, where the NCP and its ally Congress face an uphill challenge of dislodging BJP-Shiv Sena from power, both opposition parties have seen many leaders deserting.