Voting in 19 Lok Sabha constituencies of Maharashtra began Thursday, marking the third and final round of voting in the state, officials said.
A total of 338 candidates, including heavyweights such as Union minister Milind Deora and Congress leader Gurudas Kamat, among others, are in the fray.
In the country's commercial capital Mumbai, the ruling Congress had put up a spectacular show in 2009, winning five constituencies. Its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had bagged the remaining seat.
Riding on a projected 'Modi wave', the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance is confident about its prospects amid talks of anti-incumbency this time.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), another key player in the state, has sent out confusing signals. MNS chief Raj Thackeray has launched a renewed offensive on Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena leader and his estranged cousin.
He has also expressed solidarity with BJP's prime minister nominee Narendra Modi, but has fielded candidates against the saffron party.
Of the 19 seats, while the BJP is contesting 11, the Shiv Sena will fight from eight. The Congress and the NCP have fielded candidates from 10 and eight seats, respectively. The MNS will fight from seven seats and the Left Front from five. The BSP is contesting all the 19 seats.
Nearly 31.7 million voters are eligible to exercise their franchise at 34,343 polling stations in the third round.
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The recent development of at least six million names having been deleted from the voter's list has unnerved all parties, especially in the constituencies where the winning margins were very thin in 2009.
The 19 constituencies going to the polls are: Aurangabad, Bhiwandi, Dindori, Dhule, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kalyan, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Nandurbar, Nashik, Palghar, Raver, Raigad and Thane.
Thane (20,72,476 voters) is the largest constituency, while Mumbai South Central (14,46,979 voters) is the smallest.
In this phase, Aurangabad has the highest number candidates (27) and Nandurbar has the lowest (9).
Earlier, 10 seats in the Vidarbha region had gone to polls on April 10, while voting for 19 seats in Marathwada and western Maharashtra regions was held a week ago.
Here's a map for the constituencies going to polls on Thursday. On searching, you will get details of all parties fighting from a constituency and key candiates there:
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