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Amit Shah calls Uddhav on seat sharing in Maharashtra
September 22, 2014 01:04 PM
BJP president Amit Shah on Monday called Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and urged him to reconsider his stand on seat sharing in upcoming Maharashtra poll. The two parties, which have been alliance partners for nearly 25 years, hit a rough patch over seat sharing for Oct 15 Maharashtra assembly polls. Source: IANS
Always sacrificed to save alliance with Shiv Sena : BJP
September 19, 2014 05:14 PM
Rejecting the latest offer of 119 seats by the Shiv Sena (SS) for the Oct 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party said it had always adopted a spirit of 'sacrifice' to save the saffron alliance in the past 25 years. Simultaneously, in a mild softening of its stand, the state BJP said it has decided to send a fresh seat-sharing formula to the Sena before making any final move on the matter. Source: IANS
Pankaja Munde not to contest Beed by-poll
September 13, 2014 04:14 PM
Daughter of late Gopinath Munde, BJP MLA Pankaja Munde said that she will not contest the Lok Sabha by-poll to Beed that fell vacant after the demise of her father. The by-poll to Beed along with state Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on October 15.
Haryana, Maharashtra to vote Oct 15
September 12, 2014 05:04 PM
 Haryana and Maharashtra will elect new assemblies Oct 15 and the results will be declared Oct 19, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath announced Friday. Source: IANS  
Rs.10 crore aid, boats from Maharashtra for Kashmir
September 09, 2014 11:14 AM
The Maharashtra government Tuesday announced an aid of Rs.10 crore for the flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the aid from the CM's Relief Fund as the deadline for the election model code of conduct approached. Source: IANS

Maharashtra Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Election Date 2014

Issue of Notification September 20, 2014
Last Date of Making Nominations September 27, 2014
Scrutiny of Nominations September 29, 2014
Last Date of Withdrawal of CandidaturesOctober 01, 2014
Polling dateOctober 15, 2014
Counting of Votes DateOctober 19, 2014

About Maharashtra Assembly (Vidhan Sabha)

Maharashtra, like any other state in India, has specific geographic regions which are represented in its Legislative Assembly. These specific regions are called Assembly constituencies. When the present state of Maharashtra came into existence in May 1960, the
Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha had 264 Assembly constituencies. Out of these 264 constituencies, 217 were for general candidates, 33 constituencies were reserved for candidates who belonged to the Scheduled Castes and 14 were reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. The number of assembly constituencies in the state was increased from 264 to 270 in the year 1967, when the third term of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha was elected. The present number of constituencies in Maharashtra is 288, out of which 235 assembly seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the General category, 28 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 25 were reserved for the Scheduled Tribes. Each of these constituencies is represented by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, who voices the concerns of that particular constituency in the Vidhan Sabha. Members from each of these Assembly constituencies are elected directly by the voters in the Assembly elections, according to the Universal Adult Franchise. The elections are held after a period of every 5 years, if the Vidhan Sabha is not dissolved sooner. The supervision and responsibility of the elections to these assembly constituencies is carried out by a centralized, Independent statutory body called the Election Commission.

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Maharashtra Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Elections 2014 - dates

The first assembly elections in Maharashtra were held in 1960 in which Indian National Congress (INC) came out victorious. The state assembly election, 2014 in the state will be held in September-October as the term of 12th Assembly ends on 7 December 2014. The state is divided into 288 constituencies out of which 29 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 25 for the Scheduled Tribes. The total of 78,966,642 voters will decide the fate of candidates. The major parties contending the assembly elections are Indian National Congress (INC)-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance, Bharatiya Janata Party's National Democratic Alliance which includes, Shiv Sena, Republican Party of India (Athvale), Swabhimani Paksha and Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Samajwadi Party, Peasants and Workers Party of India, Aam Aadmi Party, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Republican Sena and Bahujan Mukti Party.

After the Lok Sabha polls which left Congress in a bad shape, Sharad Pawar-led NCP wants its alliance partner to yield more seats to it to contest in the state assembly elections. Reviewing the preparations of the party for the upcoming elections, the NCP chief asserted that the Congress-NCP alliance is all set to retain power for the fourth consecutive term. In the last assembly elections held in 2009, the NCP contested on 114 seats and Congress on 174. On the other hand, in the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, Shiv Sena contested on 171 seats and BJP on 117. But after a big win in General Elections 2014, BJP hopes to contest on more seats this time. Nevertheless, both the parties may have to allot some seats to the three other Mahayuti partners which includes Raju Shetty's Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Mahadeo Jankar's Rashtriya Samaj Paksha and Ramdas Athawale-led Republic Party of India (RPI).

In a move to woo voters, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has promised to strengthen Mumbai’s infrastructure and provide more open spaces. The party is ready to defeat the 15-year-old Congress-NCP government. The ruling NCP is planning for a major shake-up by bringing in fresh faces.

Maharashtra Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) proved victorious in the state of Maharashtra which has won 23 Lok sabha seats followed by Shiv Sena which bagged 18 seats in total. The third largest state of the country, Maharashtra, is a political ground for many political parties like Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Shive Sena, NCP etc. Presently, an INC alliance is running the government in Maharashtra and Prithviraj Chavan is the current Chief Minister of the state. Maharashtra has 48 seats for Lok Sabha, out of which five are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, and four for Scheduled Castes. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections for the 48 constituencies were held in three different phases. All the major parties campaigned hard to woo the Maharashtra voters as the higher number of constituencies and higher vote bank could affect the chances of the parties in the Parliament. The exit polls predicted the victory of BJP in the state.

One of the most famous states of India, Maharashtra is situated in the western parts of India. It is spread over an area of 307,713 sq km, making it the third largest state. Its expansive western coastline comprises the Arabian Sea, while it is bordered to the north by Maharashtra, to the east by Chhattisgarh and to the south by Karnataka. Maharashtra has 48 parliamentary constituencies, among which five are reserved for SCs and four for STs. The main political parties inMaharashtraare the INC, the Shiv Sena, the NCP, and This state has one of the lowest number of voters under the age of 19 years, which is 11 lakh (1.4%). During the 2009 general election, the INC won 17 seats, the Shiv Sena 11 seats, the BJP 9 seats, and the NCP 8 seats. The rest were won by other parties.

Quick facts for Maharashtra General Elections 2014

Parliamentary Constituencies
Assembly Constituencies 289
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Opposition PartyNationalistCongress Party
Chief MinisterShri Prithviraj Chavan
GovernorC Vidyasagar Rao
Chief Electoral OfficerNITIN GADRE
AddressRoom No. 624 6th Floor Mantralaya Mumbai 400032

Assembly Election in Maharashtra 2014

The Legislative Assembly election for 288 seats in Maharashtrawill also take place along with the Lok Sabha election in 2014. The polling will also coincide: 10 April, 17 April, and 24 April. During the 2009 Legislative Assembly election in Maharashtra, the INC won 82 seats, the NCP 62 seats, the BJP 46 seats, the Shiv Sena 44 seats, the MNS 13 seats, independents 24 seats, and others 17 seats. A new political party that is expected to make its presence felt in the state is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Experts are expecting a fractured mandate, with the BJP alliance slightly ahead of the INC-NCP alliance.

About Maharashtra Elections

One of the most famous states of India, Maharashtra is situated in the western parts of India. It is spread over an area of 307,713 sq km, making it the third largest state. Its expansive western coastline comprises the Arabian Sea, while it is bordered to the north by Maharashtra, to the east by Chhattisgarh and to the south by Karnataka. With a population of over 115 million, Maharashtra is the second-most populous state of the country. The capital of Maharashtra is Mumbai, which is considered the industrial capital of India. This metropolitan city, along with its rich political economy, makes Maharashtra the wealthiest state of India, contributing to over 13% of the country’s GDP.

Maharashtra has a rich political tradition. In the 17th century, this was the land of the fearless Marathas, who were considered the chief enemy of the Mughals. Under the undaunted spirit of Shivaji, a true Maratha warrior, a number of wars and political struggles, both against the Mughals, and later the British, took place. The Maratha Empire expanded not only in all of Maharashtra, but in northern India too, especially after the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761, which seriously questioned the Mughal existence in the country. However, the Third Anglo Maratha War, which ended in 1818, led to massive victory of the British and the decline of the Maratha Empire under the Maratha warriors. The British ruled the present region of Maharashtra, along with Gujarat, as a united whole under the name of Bombay Presidency. After the independence of India, many stalwarts, including the radical Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, demanded that the region be divided according to linguistic divisions. Therefore, according to the States Reorganization Act of 1956, the present Maharashtra, which was created on May 1, 1960 was carved out of the united region. Maharashtra was therefore a land of the Marathi-speaking people. This day is called Maharashtra Day. Yashwantrao Chavan of the Congress party became the first Chief Minister of present-day Maharashtra.

Political Parties in Maharashtra

Every election, the two dominant political parties in Maharashtra are the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Shiv Sena. The prominent leaders who have been the most important in the politics of Maharashtra are Bal Thackeray of the Shiv Sena, Sushil Kumar Shinde of the Congress, Nitin Gadkari of the BJP and Sharad Pawar of the NCP. There are 48 Parliamentary constituencies in Maharashtra. The national parties in Maharashtra are:
  • Indian National Congress (INC)
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  • Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPIM)
  • Communist Party of India (CPI)
  • Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
The regional parties in Rajasthan are:
  • Shiv Sena
  • Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)
  • Janata Dal (United) - JD(U)
  • Janata Dal (Secular) - JD(S)
  • Republican Left Democratic Front (RIDALOS)
  • Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)
  • Republican Party of India (RPI)
  • Republican Party of India (Khobragade) - RPK
  • All India Forward Bloc (AIFB)
  • Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) - CPI (ML) (L)
  • Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA)
  • Samajwadi Party (SP)
  • Lok Jan Shakti Party
  • Peasants and Workers Party of India (PWPI)

Maharastra Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council

Maharastra is one of the few states that have a bicameral legislature, comprising the legislative assembly and the legislative council.

The Maharastra Vidhan Sabha or the State Legislative Assembly is situated in Nariman Point in the capital city of Mumbai. It was first formed in May 1960. There is a total of 289 Assembly constituencies in Maharastra Legislative Assembly, which is represented by 289 MLAs or Members of Parliament. Out of them, 288 MLAs are directly elected and 1 member is nominated. The term of the legislative assembly is five years, if it is not dissolved sooner. Periodic elections are held to elect members of the Vidhan Sabha. There are three sessions of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly: budget, winter and monsoon. The governor is the nominal head of the state, nominated by the president of India. The chief minister is the head of the government, vested with real executive powers. The CM is also the head of the MLAs. The present speaker of the Maharastra Vidhan Sabha is Dilip Walse Patil from the NCP. The current legislative assembly, which is the 12th assembly of the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha, was elected in 2009.

The Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad or the Legislative Council is situated at Nariman Point in Mumbai. The Vidhan Parishad has 78 members, 12 of whom are nominated by the governor and the rest being indirectly elected through electoral college. It is a continuous house where one-third of the members are subject to retirement every second year. The present chairman of the Vidhan Parishad of the state is Shivajirao Deshmukh, and the deputy chairman is Vasant Davkhare.

List of Chief Minister in Maharashtara

Sl.No.Name of Chief MinistersFromToParty
1Prithviraj ChavanNov 11, 2010PresentINC
2Ashok ChavanNov 7, 2009Nov 9, 2010INC
3Ashok ChavanDec 8, 2008Oct 15, 2009INC
4Vilasrao DeshmukhNov 1, 2004Dec 4, 2008INC
5Sushilkumar ShindeJan 18, 2003Oct 30, 2004INC
6Vilasrao DeshmukhOct 18, 1999Jan 16, 2003INC
7Narayan RaneFeb 1, 1999Oct 17, 1999SHS
8Manohar JoshiMar 14, 1995Jan 31, 1999SHS
9Sharad PawarMar 6, 1993Mar 14, 1995INC
10Sudhakarrao NaikJun 25, 1991Feb 22, 1993INC
11Sharad PawarJun 26, 1988Jun 25, 1991INC
12Shankarrao ChavanMar 12, 1986Jun 26, 1988INC
13Shivajirao Patil NilangekarJun 3, 1985Mar 6, 1986INC
14Vasantdada PatilFeb 2, 1983Jun 1, 1985INC
15Babasaheb BhosaleJan 21, 1982Feb 1, 1983INC
16Abdul Rehman AntulayJun 9, 1980Jan 12, 1982INC
17President's ruleFeb 17, 1980Jun 8, 1980N/A
18Sharad PawarJul 18, 1978Feb 17, 1980PDF
19Vasantdada PatilMar 7, 1978Jul 18, 1978INC
20Vasantdada PatilApr 17, 1977Mar 2, 1978INC
21Shankarrao ChavanFeb 21, 1975Apr 16, 1977INC
22Vasantrao NaikMar 13, 1972Feb 20, 1975INC
23Vasantrao NaikMar 1, 1967Mar 13, 1972INC
24Vasantrao NaikDec 5, 1963Mar 1, 1967INC
25P. K. SawantNov 25, 1963Dec 4, 1963INC
26Marotrao KannamwarNov 20, 1962Nov 24, 1963INC
27Yashwantrao ChavanMay 1, 1960Nov 19, 1962INC

Maharashtra has its own judiciary (the high court), legislature (the legislative assembly) and executive council of ministers with the chief minister at the head. Maharashtra has a 288-member Vidhan Sabha. There are national as well as regional political parties in the state, although the political scene is dominated by the Congress. The Shiv Sena, along with the BJP, has equal importance in Maharashtra’s politics. The present chief minister of Maharashtra is Prithiraj Chavan of the Congress. The present Governor of the state is Kateekal Sankaranarayanan.

List of Governors in Maharashtra

Sl.No.Name of GovernorsFromTo
1C Vidyasagar RaoAugust 26, 2014Present
2Kateekal SankaranarayananJanuary 22, 2010August 26, 2014
3S.C. JamirMarch 9, 2008January 22, 2010
4S.M. KrishnaDecember 12, 2004March 5, 2008
5Mohammed FazalOctober 10, 2002December 5, 2004
6Dr. P.C. AlexanderJanuary 12, 1993July 13, 2002
7Dr. C SubramaniamFebruary 15, 1990January 9, 1993
8Kasu Brahmananda ReddyFebruary 20, 1988January 18, 1990
9Dr. Shankar Dayal SharmaApril 3, 1986September 2, 1987
10Kona Prabhakara RaoMay 31, 1985April 2, 1986
11Air Chief Marshal I H LatifMarch 6, 1982April 16, 1985
12Air Chief Marshal O P MehraNovember 3, 1980March 5, 1982
13Sri Sadiq AliApril 30, 1977November 3, 1980
14Ali Yavar JungFebruary 26, 1970December 11, 1976
15Dr P V CherianNovember 14, 1964November 8, 1969
16Vijayalakshmi PanditNovember 28, 1962October 18, 1964
17Dr P. SubbarayanApril 17, 1962October 6, 1962
18Sri Prakasa19561962
19Dr Harekrushna Mahatab19551956
20Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai, KCSI, KBE, CIE19521954
21Raja Sir Maharaj Singh, CIE19481952
22The Rt. Hon. Sir John Colville, PC, GCIE19431948

Cabinet Ministers of Maharashtra

Name of MinistersMinisteries
Prithviraj ChavanChief Minister, General Administration also Minister for Information and Public Relations Urban Development, Transport and Mines, Marathi Language
Ajit PawarDeputy Chief Minister and Finance& Planning and Energy
Narayan RaneIndustries, Ports, Employment & Self-employment
Chhagan BhujbalPublic Works [excluding Public Undertakings) and Tourism
R R PatilHome Affairs
Dr. Patangrao KadamForests, Rehabilitation & Relief Works, Earthquake Rehabilitation
Shivajirao MogheSocial Justice, Welfare of Nomadic, De-Notified Tribes & Other Backward Classes and De-addiction Activities.
Radhakrishna Vikhe-PatilAgriculture and Marketing
Jayant Rajaram PatilRural Development
Harshwardhan PatilCooperation and Parliamentary Affairs
Ganesh NaikState Excise and Non-conventional Energy
Balasaheb ThoratRevenue and Khar Lands
Dilip SopalWater Supply and Sanitations
Anil DeshmukhFood & Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection
Jaydatt KshirsagarPublic Works [public undertakings]
Manohar NaikFood & Drugs Administration
Dr.Jitendra AwhadMedical Education and Horticulture
Sunil TatkareWater Resources [excluding Krishna Valley Irrigation Corporation]
Shashikant ShindeWater Resources [Krishna Valley Irrigation Corporation]
Madhukarrao PichadTribal Development
Rajesh TopeHigher & Technical Education
Rajendra DardaSchool Education
Naseem KhanTextiles, Minorities Development
Suresh ShettyPublic Health & Family Welfare and Protocol
Hassan MusharifLabour and Special Assistance
Dr.Nitin Kashinath RautEmployment Guarantee Scheme and Water Conservation
Madhukar ChavanAnimal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries
Smt.Varsha GaikwadWomen and Child Development
Sanjay DevtaleEnvironment and Cultural Affairs

Rajya Sabha Members from Maharashtra

Shri Ramdas AthawaleRepublican Party of India (A) 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020Smt. Vandana Chavan Nationalist Congress Party 03/04/2012 to 02/04/2018
Shri Husain Dalwai Indian National Congress 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020Shri Vijay Jawaharlal Darda Indian National Congress 05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016
Shri Murli Deora Indian National Congress 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020Shri Anil Desai Shiv Sena 03/04/2012 to 02/04/2018
Shri Rajkumar Dhoot Shiv Sena 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020Shri Piyush Goyal Bharatiya Janata Party 05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016
Shri Ishwarlal Shankarlal JainNationalist Congress Party 05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016Shri Sanjay Dattatraya Kakade Independent & Others 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020
Shri Majeed Memon Nationalist Congress Party 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020Shri Avinash Pande Indian National Congress 05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016
Smt. Rajani Patil Indian National Congress 10/01/2013 to 02/04/2018Shri Sharad Pawar Nationalist Congress Party 03/04/2014 to 02/04/2020
Shri Sanjay Raut Shiv Sena 05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016Shri Ajay Sancheti Bharatiya Janata Party 03/04/2012 to 02/04/2018
Shri Rajeev Shukla Indian National Congress 03/04/2012 to 02/04/2018Shri D.P. TripathiNationalist Congress Party03/04/2012 to 02/04/2018

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Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Maharashtra

Ntin Ramchandra Gadre is the Chief Electoral Officer ofMaharashtra.

Contact details: Room No. 624 6th Floor, Mantralaya Mumbai - 400 032
Phone: (022) 22025059
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Fax: (022) 22835698

Last Updated on September 12, 2014

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