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2009 Maharashtra Assembly elections

About 2009 Maharashtra Assembly elections

The process of filing of nominations began on September 18, 2009. Maharashtra has a 288-member assembly with 29 seats being reserved for Scheduled Castes and another 25 for Scheduled Tribes. About 7.5 crore voters will select their representatives for the Maharashtra Assembly. 3,559 contestants including 211 women and 1,820 Independents are in the fray. Most of the Independent candidates are rebels from the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party and other parties.

The polling took place on October 13, 2009. The counting was held on October 22, 2009. The Congress party won the election and has decided to retain Ashok Chavan as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena - BJP Alliance

Shiv Sena took Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its alliance during the elections. According to the seat-sharing formula announced on September 19, 2009, Shiv Sena will contest 169 of the 288 Assembly seats, while the BJP will contest from the other 119. Leaders of the parties expressed confidence about victory in the assembly polls. Poonam Mahajan, daughter of Pramod Mahajan is contesting from Ghatkopar West. The Sena-BJP seat-sharing agreement came a week after the Third Front announced its plan to contest 200 seats.

Other election information

Election Day: October 13, 2009

  • On October 13, 2009, she has cast her vote at a polling booth at Worli.
  • Heavy security is deployed in Gatchiroli
  • IAF, Navy and Coast Guard help taken by Mumbai Police for smooth conduction of elections
  • Bandra East Congress MLA Chandurkar gheraoed in Bandra with cash. Police registers complaint after people files complaint. Rs. 15,000 in cash and four vehicles recovered from him.
  • 4 IAF helicopters are deployed fir surveillance purpose.

Post-election updates

In November 09, the BJP has decided to approach the Election Commission (EC) for indicting Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan of being involved in electoral malpractices.

2009 Maharashtra Assembly elections updates

2009 Maharashtra Assembly elections in News

Election Commission to discuss paid news at all-party meet today
Amid concern over the alarming proportion of paid news in the Indian media and the growing use of money power in polls, the Election Commission will hold a day-long deliberations with all parties on Monday in a bid to eliminate electoral malpractices. ANI

Price of milk may increase: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said, the price of milk would increase, as there is a scarcity of milk in north India. ANI

MNS legislators to take their oath in Marathi: Raj Thackeray
Maharashtra Navanirmana Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Monday said that all the newly elected legislators (MLAs) of the party to the Maharashtra Government will take their formal oath only in Marathi and no other language. ANI

Congress-NCP talks fail to take off
The crucial Congress-NCP talks over portfolio sharing in Maharashtra did not take place on Sunday, delaying further the government formation in the state. ANI

Maharashtra assembly session from November 3
The first session of the newly constituted 12th Maharashtra Assembly is likely to begin from November 3. ANI

Chhagan Bhujbal retained as Deputy Chief Minister
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday elected Chhagan Bhujbal as Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. ANI

Shiv Sena fought for public interest, not individual gain: Uddhav Thackeray
Shiv Sena Executive President, Uddhav Thackeray, on Monday said the disappointing defeat in the Maharashtra assembly elections did not mean the end of the road for the party. ANI

Mumbaikars want Shiv Sena to put its house in order
As Shiv Sena held people of Mumbai responsible for the political debacle it faced in the recently held Maharashtra State Assembly elections, the local public has in fact returned the blame on the party for having failed to keep its house in order. ANI

Congress legislators arrive at party headquarters to chose new CLP leader
Elected Congress legislators have arrived at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, the party headquarters in the city, to chose the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Maharashtra. ANI

Congress claims enough support to form government in Haryana
The Congress Party on Friday claimed to have completed the number deficit by garnering unconditional support of seven Independent Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Haryana. ANI

NCP in favour of young faces in new Maharashtra Government
Nationalist Congress Party chief and Union Minister of Agriculture, Sharad Pawar, has said that his party would support young faces in the formation of the new government in Maharashtra. ANI

Congress set to form government in Haryana for a second term
The Congress Party is all set to retain power for the second consecutive term in Haryana. ANI

60-72 % voting in Maharashtra, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls
About 60 to 72 per cent voting was witnessed in Tuesdays Assembly elections held in three States-Maharashtra, Haryana, and Arunachal Pradesh amidst sporadic violence in which one polling agent was killed. ANI

Security forces rescue trapped polling officials in Maharashtra district
Security forces rescued a polling officials team trapped by Maoists in Gadchirolli District of Maharashtra here on Tuesday evening during State Assembly polls. ANI

Vilasrao Deshmukh casts his vote
Union Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh cast his vote with family members here on Tuesday. ANI

No question of tie up with Raj Thackeray: Pawar
Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said there is no question of tying up with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) founder Raj Thackeray. ANI

Political leaders cast their vote in Haryana, Maharashtra
Prominent leaders came out to cast their votes for the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana on Tuesday. ANI

Bal Thackeray says Sena-BJP will come to power in Maharashtra
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday said the Sena-BJP alliance will come to power in the state after Assembly elections. ANI

Maharashtra Chief Minister casts his vote
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan cast his vote here today. ANI

Polling in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh begins
Polling to elect new assemblies in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh began on Tuesday. ANI

EC deploys unprecedented security for assembly polls in three states
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure free and fair polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. ANI

Shiv Sena candidate shot at in Pune
Unidentified gunmen attempted to assassinate Shiv Sena candidate Ajay Bhosle on Sunday morning. ANI

Rain fails to dampen spirits of candidates in Maharashtra
Incessant rains for two days did not dampen the spirits of candidates wooing voters for the forthcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra. ANI

Marathi language should be used in courts in Maharashtra: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Partys Maharashtra State unit President Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said Marathi language should be used in States judiciary. ANI

Agitated Shiv Sena activists ransack Manohar Joshis house
Senior Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshis house was ransacked here on Sunday by some party workers who were agitated over the neglect of their favourite local leader during ticket allocation for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections. ANI

Campaigning for Maharashtra, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls ends today
Campaigning for Tuesdays Assembly elections in three states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh will come to an end this evening. ANI

Campaigning for Maharashtra, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh polls to conclude on Sunday
The election campaigning for Thursdays State Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh will conclude on Sunday (Oct. 11). ANI

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