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Lok Sabha Elections: How political parties in Maharashtra fared in 2009

Maharashtra is one of the key states in the country; not just economically, but also administratively. 48 MPs from the state are elected to the lower house of parliament, which is the second largest in India. The polls here have always been a closely-fought affair between the current Congress-NCP ruling combine and the BJP-Shiv Sena Combine.

Voting
Only 50.7% exercised their franchise in Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha polls of 2009.

In terms of polling results, the state has never drifted to one particular combine. It has always been a mixed result. While in 2004, the Shiv Sena-BJP combine won a total of 25 out of the 48 seats, the result reversed in 2009, where the Congress-NCP combine won 25 seats. Being a large state in terms of demographics, Maharashtra has different support bases for different political parties in different regions of the state. Here is a region wise breakdown of the result in 2009:

Region: Konkan
Total Seats: 4
Voters’ turnout: 51.3%                        

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

1


Vote Share

 

26.6%

 

9.7%

 

7.2%

 

37%

 

0

 

2%

 

17.6%

Region: Mumbai-Thane
Total Seats: 9
Voters’ turnout: 40.5%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

6

 

2

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0


Vote Share

 

26.4%

 

12%

 

12.8%

 

17.2%

 

 

20.7%

 

3.1%

 

7.8%

Region: North Maharashtra
Total Seats: 6
Voters’ turnout: 46.7%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

1

 

1

 

4

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0


Vote Share

 

12.5%

 

24.8%

 

34%

 

3.8%

 

5.2%

 

2.6%

 

17%

Region: Western Vidarbha
Total Seats: 4
Voters’ turnout: 54.2%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0


Vote Share

 

16.1%

 

10.3%

 

9.1%

 

33.3%

 

0

 

5.9%

 

25.4%

Region: Eastern Vidarbha
Total Seats: 6
Voters’ turnout: 56.7%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

4

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0


Vote Share

 

31.1%

 

9.7%

 

25.7%

 

5.8%

 

0

 

11.4%

 

16.3               

Region: Marathwada
Total Seats: 8
Voters’ turnout: 56.7%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

2

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0


Vote Share

 

18.8%

 

20.7%

 

22.6%

 

20.3%

 

0

 

6.1%

 

11.5%

Region: Western Maharashtra
Total Seats: 11
Voters’ turnout: 52.8%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

3

 

3

 

1

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

2

 


Vote Share

 

11.6%

 

32%

 

13.5%

 

14.5%

 

0.8%

 

2.9%

 

24.6%

Grand total of the entire state
Seats: 48
Voters’ turnout: 50.7%

Parties

Congress

NCP

BJP

ShivSena

MNS

BSP

Others


Seats Won

 

17

 

8

 

9

 

11

 

0

 

0

 

3


Vote Share

 

19.6%

 

19.3%

 

18.2%

 

17%

 

4.1%

 

4.8%

 

17.1%

Data courtesy: CSDS Data Unit

Maharashtra was one of the key states in voting the UPA back to power in 2009. However, the severe anti-incumbency factor faced by the government at the centre has made the Congress party jittery even in its traditional stronghold that Maharashtra has been for them. Let’s see what  May 16, 2014 has in store for these parties.

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