Maharashtra polls: Will it be advantage Sena in Thane district?
The high turnout is expected to benefit the Shiv Sena, since this has been a traditional stronghold for the party. Political analysts say the party could expect to raise its tally from six to eight.india Updated: Oct 16, 2014 21:01 IST
The voter turnout in Thane district has risen this election, up from 49% in 2009 to 50.70% on Wednesday.
The highest turnout was recorded in the Shahpur and Thane City constituencies, which averaged 57% each. The lowest voter turnout was in Ulhasnagar, where barely 36.32% of registered voters made it to the booths.
Of the 18 assembly constituencies in Thane district, the Shiv Sena currently holds six, the BJP three, the NCP five and the MNS two; one seat each was claimed by an Independent and the Samajwadi Party, in the last state election.
The high turnout is expected to benefit the Shiv Sena, since this has been a traditional stronghold for the party. Political analysts say the party could expect to raise its tally from six to eight.
“There may be a major setback for the NCP. Kisan Kathore from Murbad constituency defected to the BJP, while Shiv Sena candidate Vijay Nahata [a former IAS officer] has put up a tough fight against NCP leader and former state cabinet minister Ganesh Naik in Belapur,” said senior journalist S Ramkrishnan.
Naik is one of two former NCP Cabinet ministers in the fray this time around, the other being Jitendra Awhad, standing from the Kalwa-Mumbra constituency.
Areas where the NCP could gain include Kalwa-Mumbra and Bhiwandi West. In the latter, Abdul Rashid Tahir — who won on a Samajwadi Party ticket in 2009 — is now contesting on an NCP ticket.
And i n Kalwa- Mumbra, Awhad i s contesting in a minority-dominated constituency where the NCP won with a margin of 15,000 votes in 2009. It could be seen as an encouraging sign for the party that the turnout here was 46.20%.
The Shiv Sena, meanwhile, has provided formidable opponents to the MNS candidates in Kalyan West and Kalyan Rural, where the latter had won both seats in 2009, and to the NCP’s Sandeep Naik, son of Ganesh Naik, who is contesting from Airoli.