BJP-Shiv Sena set to form government in Maharashtra

BJP supporters celebrate outside the party office in Maharashtra. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Oct 24, 2019, 03.00 PM (IST)

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine on Thursday raced ahead in its bid to retain power in Maharashtra.

The alliance appeared comfortably ahead of the Opposition Congress-NCP alliance and looked all set to form government.

The alliance is leading on 160 seats while the Congress and NCP combine is leading on 90 seats, as per the Election Commission figure available. 

Exit polls had predicted a comfortable win for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government in the state. 

From the Opposition camp, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was leading in 56 seats and its coalition partner Congress was ahead in 44 constituencies. Independents were ahead in 14 constituencies.

Going by the trends, the BJP's tally is lesser by 20 seats, compared to its performance in the last Assembly elections held in 2014. Shiv Sena had 63 seats last time.

The NCP appears to have improved its performance significantly as it had got 41 seats in the last Assembly elections when the Congress had managed 42 seats.

(With inputs from agencies)

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The alliance is leading on 160 seats while the Congress and NCP combine is leading on 90 seats, as per the Election Commission figure available.