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Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 Dates

Issue of Notification : Saturday, 20th September 2014
Last Date of Making Nominations : Saturday, 27th September 2014
Scrutiny of Nominations : Monday, 29th September 2014
Last Date of Withdrawal of Candidatures : Wednesday, 1st October 2014
Polling date : Wednesday, 15th October 2014
Counting of Votes Date : Sunday, 19th October 2014

Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha Election 2014

State overview

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.

Election background

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.

Moreover, the RSS and BJP have collectively decided to hand over the main duties of the 2014 state assembly elections to the deputy leader of the Lok Sabha, Gopinath Munde. The top leadership of the party has felt that those differences between BJP President Nitin Gadkari and Munde can be taken care of only when their individual work will be different. In order to control the political conflict in Maharashtra, it has been decided that Gadkari is more likely to play a major role in Delhi, whereas, Munde would take care of Maharashtra. It's extremely crucial for the party to do well in the state assembly elections as the Congress and NCP will complete three terms (15 years) in 2014. Hence, it's high time for BJP to prove their mettle in the state of Maharashtra.Therefore, it would be interesting to see whether the Democratic Front which is the coalition of Congress (INC) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would retain the majority or whether other parties would be able to topple their reign after 15 years.

  List of the Assembly Constituencies in Maharashtra  
Constituency No.Constituency NameConstituency No.Constituency Name
1Akkalkuwa (ST)145Mira Bhayandar
2Shahada (ST)146Ovala - Majiwada
3Nandurbar (ST)147Kopri-Pachpakhadi
4Nawapur (ST)148Thane
5Sakri (ST)149Mumbra-Kalwa
6Dhule Rural 150Airoli
7Dhule City 151Belapur
8Sindkheda 152Borivali
9Shirpur (ST)153Dahisar
10Chopda (ST)154Magathane
11Raver 155Mulund
12Bhusawal 156Vikhroli
13Jalgaon City 157Bhandup West
14Jalgaon Rural 158Jogeshwari East
15Amalner 159Dindoshi
16Erandol 160Kandivali East
17Chalisgaon 161Charkop
18Pachora 162Malad West
19Jamner 163Goregaon
20Muktainagar 164Versova
21Malkapur 165Andheri West
22Buldhana 166Andheri East
23Chikhli 167Vile Parle
24Sindkhed Raja 168Chandivali
25Mehkar (SC)169Ghatkopar West
26Khamgaon 170Ghatkopar East
27Jalgaon Jamod 171Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar
28Akot 172Anushakti Nagar
29Balapur 173Chembur
30Akola West 174Kurla (SC)
31Akola East 175Kalina
32Murtijapur (SC)176Vandre East
33Risod 177Vandre West
34Washim (SC)178Dharavi (SC)
35Karanja 179Sion Koliwada
36Dhamangaon Railway 180Wadala
37Badnera 181Mahim
38Amravati 182Worli
39Teosa 183Shivadi
40Daryapur (SC)184Byculla
41Melghat (ST)185Malabar Hill
42Achalpur 186Mumbadevi
43Morshi 187Colaba
44Arvi 188Panvel
45Deoli 189Karjat
46Hinganghat 190Uran
47Wardha 191Pen
48Katol 192Alibag
49Savner 193Shrivardhan
50Hingna 194Mahad
51Umred (SC)195Junnar
52Nagpur South West 196Ambegaon
53Nagpur South 197Khed Alandi
54Nagpur East 198Shirur
55Nagpur Central 199Daund
56Nagpur West 200Indapur
57Nagpur North (SC)201Baramati
58Kamthi 202Purandar
59Ramtek 203Bhor
60Tumsar 204Maval
61Bhandara (SC)205Chinchwad
62Sakoli 206Pimpri (SC)
63Arjuni Morgaon (SC)207Bhosari
64Tirora 208Vadgaol Sheri
65Gondia 209Shivajinagar
66Amgaon (ST)210Kothrud
67Armori (ST)211Khadakwasala
68Gadchiroli (ST)212Parvati
69Aheri (ST)213Hadapsar
70Rajura 214Pune Cantonment
71Chandrapur (SC)215Kasba Peth
72Ballarpur 216Akole (ST)
73Brahmapuri 217Sangamner
74Chimur 218Shirdi
75Warora 219Kopargaon
76Wani 220Shrirampur (SC)
77Ralegaon (ST)221Nevasa
78Yavatmal 222Shevgaon
79Digras 223Rahuri
80Arni (ST)224Parner
81Pusad 225Ahmednagar City
82Umarkhed (SC)226Shrigonda
83Kinwat 227Karjat Jamkhed
84Hadgaon 228Georai
85Bhokar 229Majalgaon
86Nanded North 230Beed
87Nanded South 231Ashti
88Loha 232Kaij (SC)
89Naigaon 233Parli
90Deglur (SC)234Latur Rural
91Mukhed 235Latur City
92Basmath 236Ahmadpur
93Kalamnuri 237Udgir (SC)
94Hingoli 238Nilanga
95Jintur 239Ausa
96Parbhani 240Umarga (SC)
97Gangakhed 241Tuljapur
98Pathri 242Osmanabad
99Partur 243Paranda
100Ghansawangi 244Karmala
101Jalna 245Madha
102Badnapur (SC)246Barshi
103Bhokardan 247Mohol (SC)
104Sillod 248Solapur City North
105Kannad 249Solapur City Central
106Phulambri 250Akkalkot
107Aurangabad Central 251Solapur South
108Aurangabad West (SC)252Pandharpur
109Aurangabad East 253Sangole
110Paithan 254Malshiras (SC)
111Gangapur 255Phaltan (SC)
112Vaijapur 256Wai
113Nandgaon 257Koregaon
114Malegaon Central 258Man
115Malegaon Outer 259Karad North
116Baglan (ST)260Karad South
117Kalwan (ST)261Patan
118Chandwad 262Satara
119Yevla 263Dapoli
120Sinnar 264Guhagar
121Niphad 265Chiplun
122Dindori (ST)266Ratnagiri
123Nashik East 267Rajapur
124Nashik Central 268Kankavli
125Nashik West 269Kudal
126Deolali (SC)270Sawantwadi
127Igatpuri (ST)271Chandgad
128Dahanu (ST)272Radhanagari
129Vikramgad (ST)273Kagal
130Palghar (ST)274Kolhapur South
131Boisar (ST)275Karvir
132Nalasopara 276Kolhapur North
133Vasai 277Shahuwadi
134Bhiwandi Rural (ST)278Hatkanangle (SC)
135Shahapur (ST)279Ichalkaranji
136Bhiwandi West 280Shirol
137Bhiwandi East 281Miraj (SC)
138Kalyan West 282Sangli
139Murbad 283Islampur
140Ambernath (SC)284Shirala
141Ulhasnagar 285Palus-Kadegaon
142Kalyan East 286Khanapur
143Dombivali 287Tasgaon - Kavathe Mahankal
144Kalyan Rural 288Jat

Last Updated on : September 12, 2014

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