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India General Elections 2024: Nearly 49 per cent polling till 5 pm in Maharashtra; celebrities, corporate leaders vote in Mumbai

Updated on: 20 May,2024 07:00 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Of the 13 constituencies spread across the Mumbai region and North Maharashtra, the highest turnout was in Dindori in Nashik district at 57.06 per cent, while the lowest was in Kalyan in Thane district in Maharashtra at 41.70 per cent

India General Elections 2024: Nearly 49 per cent polling till 5 pm in Maharashtra; celebrities, corporate leaders vote in Mumbai

Voters in Mumbai's Dharavi await their turn to cast vote. Pic/Anurag Ahire

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An average voter turnout of 48.66 per cent was recorded till 5 pm on Monday in 13 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, including six seats in Mumbai, in the fifth and final phase of India General elections 2024 in the state as Bollywood actors, corporate leaders and prominent politicians came out to vote, as per poll officials, reported the PTI.


"The polling station will continue to function till all voters who were at the queue at 6 pm cast their vote," officials said, as per the PTI.


According to the PTI, Of the 13 constituencies spread across the Mumbai region and North Maharashtra, the highest turnout was in Dindori in Nashik district at 57.06 per cent, while the lowest was in Kalyan in Thane district in Maharashtra at 41.70 per cent.


Among the other seats, Palghar recorded 54.32 per cent polling, Nashik 51.16 per cent, Bhiwandi 48.89 per cent, Dhule 48.81 per cent, Mumbai North 46.91 per cent, Mumbai North Central 47.32 per cent, Mumbai North East 48.67 per cent, Mumbai North West 49.79 per cent, Mumbai South 44.22 per cent, Mumbai South Central 48.26 per cent and Thane 45.38 per cent, the officials said, as per the PTI.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde voted along with his family members at a booth in Thane, which is his political turf.

CM Shinde told reporters that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is the stronghold of the Shiv Sena-BJP where the ruling alliance will win all the 10 seats - six in Mumbai, three in Thane district and the Palghar seat.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he has requested the Election Commission of India to look into complaints of slow pace of voting in Mumbai.

"There have been several complaints of the overall polling pace being very slow," he said in a statement.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and former CM Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray exercised their franchise at a polling booth in Bandra area of Mumbai.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray and his wife Sharmila Thackeray voted at a booth in Mumbai's Dadar area.

Shiv Sena MP Milind Deora exercised his franchise at a polling booth in south Mumbai.

Several prominent persons, including actor Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Union minister Piyush Goyal, industrialists Ratan Tata and Anil Ambani, Akshay Kumar, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Suryakumar Yadav, exercised their franchise in the metropolis.

Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das, former Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik, actor Janhvi Kapoor, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and Marathi theatre actor Prashant Damle also cast their votes.

Film personalities Anupam Kher, Anil Kapoor, Ashok Saraf, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar also exercised their right to vote in Mumbai.

Voters queued up at some polling booths before start of voting at 7 am with some saying they wanted to avoid the heat later in the day while some wanted to exercise their franchise before going for their work.

In Thane city, there was malfunctioning of EVMs at a couple of booths in the morning, but the problem was rectified promptly, district poll officials said, the news agency reported on Monday.

(with PTI inputs)

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