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Maharashtra witnesses 60.46% voting, down 3%, Mumbai’s Colaba witnesses lowest voting percentage

Maharashtra witnessed lower voter turnout compared to the 2014 assembly elections. The voter final voter turnout stood at 60.46 per cent, 3 per cent down than the figures of 63.13 per cent of 2014.

Karvir assembly constituency in Kolhapur registered the highest voter turnout at 83.20 per cent, while Colaba in South Mumbai registered the lowest voter turnout at 40.20 per cent. Continuing with its disrepute of lower voter turnout Mumbai witnessed a poor turnout of 46.93 per cent.

Kolhapur, which witnessed massive floods a few months ago, came out to vote in massive numbers. Four out of top 5 constituencies with highest voter turnout were in flood-affected Kolhapur region. Apart from Karvir, Shahuwadi seat registered 80.19 per cent turnout, Kagal (80.13 per cent) and Radhanagari (75.59 per cent), while Shirala constituency in neighbouring Sangli district witnessed 76.78 per cent voter turnout.

Low voter turnout was witnessed in urban areas. Apart from Colaba in Mumbai, Versova seat in Suburban Mumbai also saw an abysmal voting percentage of 42.66 per cent. Low voter turnout was also seen in constituencies on the outskirts of Mumbai, like Kalyan west (41.93 per cent), Ambernath (42.43 per cent) and Ulhasnagar (41.20 per cent). Pune Cantonment seat also saw a dismal turnout at 42.68 per cent.

Though Bollywood personalities came out to vote in large numbers, the voting percentage in the Bandra West constituency, home to maximum Bollywood celebrities saw a downfall in polling percentage compared to 2014. In 2014, the star-studded constituency saw a voter turnout of 50.65 per cent, while this election it was at 43.76 per cent.

Top leaders from the state exercised their franchise with their family in tow. CM Devendra Fadnavis, accompanied by his wife Amruta, cast his vote in Nagpur. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar voted in Tardeo area of Mumbai along with his granddaughter Revati Sule. Actor Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia voted in Latur. Riteish’s brother Amit and Dheeraj are contesting from Latur City and Latur Rural respectively. Riteish has extensively campaigned for them.

Several Bollywood celebrities came out to vote but Mumbai failed to improve its track record of poor voter turnout (PTI photos)

Actor Urmila Matondkar, who contested the Loksabha elections on Congress ticket but quit the party recently, too voted in suburban Mumbai. Kareena Kapoor was accompanied by son Taimur when she arrived for voting later in the afternoon. The Thakur family of Vasai-Virar was colour coordinated in yellow (colour of their Party BVA’s flag) when they arrived for voting. Kshitij Thakur has been pitched against the former cop and encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma.

Maharashtra minister Avinash Mahatekar arrived to vote with his 90-year-old, wheelchair-bound mother to vote in Kurla Constituency in Mumbai.

Young school children volunteering for the state election commission at several booths in Mumbai caught the attention of voters. These students not just helped the voters in finding their names, but also helped elderly citizens to the booths.

Source: indiatoday.in

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