Vote count starts in MaharashtraMay 16th, 2009 - 10:04 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) Counting of votes cast for the Lok Sabha elections began Saturday morning at 39 centres in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, under tight security, an election official said.
The counting exercise began at 8 a.m. and was expected to be completed by evening.
The centres in Mumbai are in south Mumbai and the suburbs of Goregaon, Vikhroli and Mahim for the six Lok Sabha seats in the city.
Counting was also being undertaken at 35 centres across the state for the remaining 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, said the poll official.
The fate of prominent leaders like Sharad Pawar, Gopinath Munde, Ram Naik, Mahesh Jethmalani, Gurudas Kamat, Praful Patel, Eknath Gaikwad, A.R. Antulay, Suresh Prabhu, Gajanan Kirtikar, Mohan Rawale, Priya Dutt, Milind Deora and Sanjay Nirupam will be decided Saturday.
In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had bagged 13 seats, its ally the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) bagged nine, the Republican Party of India (RPI) got one, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured 13 and the Shiv Sena got 12 seats.
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