Trends indicate setback for BJP, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra (Lead)

May 16th, 2009 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) Early counting trends in Maharashtra Saturday indicated a setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine, with the Congress and its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leading in many seats.
As per counting trends at 10.30 a.m., the BJP and the Shiv Sena were leading in eight seats each, while the Congress is leading in 14 and the NCP in 10 seats, an election department official said.

Other parties like Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Samajwadi Party were leading in one seat each. There are 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had bagged 13, NCP nine, Republican Party of India (RPI) one, BJP had 13 and Shiv Sena 12 seats.

The poll panel has not announced any final result so far.

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