Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 Dates and Schedule
The Maharashtra state assembly elections will be held on October 15 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.
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 Election Candidates List
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 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 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 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 had been established in the year 1994, according to the provisions of Article 243 K & 243 ZA of the Constitution of India. These provisions are responsible for conducting all the rural and urban local body's elections.
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
BJP, on the other hand, had attacked Congress on the ground that the current Chief Minister was very slow when it comes to decision making. They feel that the state needs some quick action which would yield better results.
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 high time for BJP to prove their mettle in the state of Maharashtra.
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Last Updated on : October 13, 2014