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Maharashtra Elections: BJP leads, may fall short of Majority

Mumbai, Oct 19: Once again Prime Minister Modi won the hearts of millions in Maharashtra as the latest trends showed that BJP is leading in the state. However, the saffron party and its long time ally Shiv Sena are likely to have come together to form the government as the party may fall short of majority.

As per the latest results, BJP is leading in 113, while Congress in 45, Shiv Sena 51, NCP 50, MNS 5, and others in 20 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra house.

According to projections, BJP may end with around 115 to 120 seats in Maharashtra and the Shiv Sena is likely to win nearly 60 seats.

Since the possibility of alliance is always there in politics, it was confirmed after BJP state president of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis indicated saying, "Shiv Sena has never been our political opponent. We have never said anything against them, we never criticised them in our campaign,"MahrashtraBJP chief and leading chief ministerial candidate DevendraFadnavis said hinting at political realignment."We will get the required majority" in the 288-member assembly, Fadnavis said.

Even though, Devendra Fadnavis is leading chief ministerial candidate, he will accept the decision taken by the party. "As of now I am BJP state president of Maharashtra. Party's parliamentary board will take a decision once results are out", he said.

Pankaja Munde, who also aspires to be the CM of Maharashtra, is leading by around 2,400 votes from Parli after second round of counting. 

Reacting to the results, Union I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said, "People have voted for good governance, they have rejected Congress, itís a positive mandate".

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