On eve of the counting for the Thane Lok Sabha by-election, the political parties are keeping their fingers crossed as the race is likely to be close in view of the low voters turnout.
The by-poll, held on May 22, saw only 24.57 per cent voting in one of the largest Parliamentary constituencies in the country.
Thane, a Shiv Sena stronghold located on outskirts of Mumbai, has over 36 lakh eligible voters. The Lok Sabha seats covers six Assembly segments, including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Belapur.
The by-election was necessitated by the death of Sena MP Prakash Paranjape. Sena has fielded his son Anand, who is pitted against NCP's Sanjeev Naik, son of Maharashtra minister Ganesh Naik.
The by-poll result would be known by Sunday afternoon.