Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha Election 2014
The state of Maharashtra is situated in the western region of India. It is bordered by the Arabian Sea to its left. It is the second most populous state in India only after the state of Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, it ranks third in India among all the states when it comes to area covered. Maharashtra is also among the wealthiest states in the country. Its share of India's GDP is 14.95% making it one of the richest states in India. The Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra is the lower house of the bicameral legislature. Presently, the election is done directly by electing 288 members of the Legislative Assembly from the single-seat constituencies and one member is nominated.
Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 Dates and Schedule
The Maharashtra state assembly elections will be held late this year. The current ongoing term is going to end on 7th December 2014. Even the Aam Aadmi Party, which has been hitting the deadlines post-Delhi assembly elections after it won 28 seats, has stated that they will contest for the assembly seats in the state of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha constituencies
The number of constituencies in 1960 in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha was 264. Out of which 33 constituencies were reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled castes and 14 were reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled tribes. However, in the third Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha (1967-72), the total number of constituencies was increased by 6 to 270. According to the new arrangement, 15 constituencies were reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled castes and 16 were reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled tribes. Currently, out of the 288 constituencies, 29 constituencies are reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled castes and 25 are reserved for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled tribes.
Previously, in the 2009 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections the Democratic Front, which is the coalition of Congress (INC) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), contested the elections against the union of Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and also against the third party called the Republican Left Democratic Front popularly known as RIDALOS. The Democratic Front emerged victorious after bagging 82 seats by INC and 62 seats by NCP. Ashok Chavan became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. However, he was replaced by Prithviraj Chavan post the Adarsh scam.
Election Commission of Maharashtra
The State Election Commission of Maharashtra has been established in the year 1994, according to the provisions of Article 243 K & 243 ZA of the Constitution of India. This position is responsible for conducting all the rural and urban local body's elections. Neela Satyanarayana, a retired IAS officer, is the present State Election Commissioner since 2009. She is the first woman to become the State Election Commissioner of Maharashtra. Previously, she has worked in the fields of revenue, home, forest, social, information and publicity, medical, rural development and other several other departments of the Government of India.
In the coming elections 7.92 crore voters are expected to feature on the voter's list. This humungous increase in potential voters can be attributed to the fact that youngsters have been made aware of their duty to take part in democracy after intensive campaigning in the state.
Major Political Parties and their strategies
Different parties are putting forward different strategies for winning the elections. Prithviraj Chavan has said that Maharashtra will be having a Lokayukta in place very soon. He has said the Maharashtra state government will be taking all the necessary steps that are mandatory to be taken for fulfilling Rahul Gandhi's directive on establishing a framework which would be helpful to tackle corruption. However, Prithviraj Chavan didn't mention the Adarsh case when he made the Lokayukta announcement at a public meeting which has been organized to celebrate the party's 128th foundation day at Congress Bhavan.
BJP, on the other hand, has attacked Congress on the ground that the current Chief Minister is very slow when it comes to decision making. They feel that the state needs some quick action which would yield better results.
|List of the Assembly Constituencies in Maharashtra|
|Constituency No.||Constituency Name||Constituency No.||Constituency Name|
|1||Akkalkuwa (ST)||145||Mira Bhayandar|
|2||Shahada (ST)||146||Ovala - Majiwada|
|13||Jalgaon City||157||Bhandup West|
|14||Jalgaon Rural||158||Jogeshwari East|
|25||Mehkar (SC)||169||Ghatkopar West|
|27||Jalgaon Jamod||171||Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar|
|30||Akola West||174||Kurla (SC)|
|32||Murtijapur (SC)||176||Vandre East|
|34||Washim (SC)||178||Dharavi (SC)|
|41||Melghat (ST)||185||Malabar Hill|
|52||Nagpur South West||196||Ambegaon|
|53||Nagpur South||197||Khed Alandi|
|57||Nagpur North (SC)||201||Baramati|
|63||Arjuni Morgaon (SC)||207||Bhosari|
|71||Chandrapur (SC)||215||Kasba Peth|
|90||Deglur (SC)||234||Latur Rural|
|104||Sillod||248||Solapur City North|
|105||Kannad||249||Solapur City Central|
|107||Aurangabad Central||251||Solapur South|
|108||Aurangabad West (SC)||252||Pandharpur|
|115||Malegaon Outer||259||Karad North|
|116||Baglan (ST)||260||Karad South|
|130||Palghar (ST)||274||Kolhapur South|
|134||Bhiwandi Rural (ST)||278||Hatkanangle (SC)|
|137||Bhiwandi East||281||Miraj (SC)|
|143||Dombivali||287||Tasgaon - Kavathe Mahankal|
Last Updated on : March 22, 2014