PM Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, RPI leader Ramdas Athavale and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis at an election campaign rally in support of alliance candidates at Ausa in Latur district, Maharashtra. (Image: PTI)
Mumbai, May 23 (IANS) The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance was leading in at least 31 constituencies in Maharashtra and the Congress-NCP in 16 while the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi led in one constituency as per early counting trends on Thursday.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari led in Nagpur, BJP state President Raosaheb Danve-Patil in Jalna, Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan in Nanded, Supriya Sule-Pawar in Baramati and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana chief Raju Shetti in Hatkanangale.
Earlier, counting of millions of votes started in Mumbai and Maharashtra amid tight security for 48 Lok Sabha seats, officials said.
In Mumbai, the
prominent candidates in the fray are: BJP’s Gopal Shetty, Poonam
Mahajan, Manoj Kotak; Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar, Rahul Shewale,
Arvind Sawant; Congress’ Milind M. Deora, Sanjay Nirupam, Eknath
Gaekwad, Priya Dutt, Urmila Matondkar; and Nationalist Congress Party’s
Sanjay Dina Patil.