Maharashtra's 4th Phase of Lok Sabha Polls: Key Contests and Campaigning

Eleven key constituencies in Maharashtra will go to polls on May 13 in the fourth phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Top leaders from various parties campaigned for their candidates, with controversies arising from Prime Minister Modi's remarks about Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray.

author-image
Aqsa Younas Rana
New Update
Maharashtra's 4th Phase of Lok Sabha Polls: Key Contests and Campaigning

Maharashtra's 4th Phase of Lok Sabha Polls: Key Contests and Campaigning

On May 13, 11 key constituencies in Maharashtra will go to polls in the fourth phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The seats, located in the state's arid and economically backward Marathwada region, the prosperous western part, and north Maharashtra, will witness several high-stakes battles and the impact of recent political developments.

Why this matters: The outcome of these elections will have a significant impact on the political landscape of Maharashtra and the country, as it will influence the formation of the next government and shape policy decisions. Additionally, the results will also reflect the mood of the electorate and the effectiveness of the campaign strategies employed by various parties.

The 11 constituencies going to polls are Pune City, Maval, Shirur, Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Beed, and Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. A total of 2.28 crore eligible voters, including 1.18 crore men, 1.09 crore women, and 1,272 third gender voters, will exercise their franchise at 23,284 polling stations.

Some of the prominent candidates in the fray include Union Minister Raosaheb Danve from Jalna, former state minister and BJP leader Pankaja Munde from Beed, actor Amol Kolhe of NCP (SP) from Shirur in Pune district, and Sujay Vikhe Patil of BJP from Ahmednagar. The splits in the Shiv Sena (June 2022) and the Nationalist Congress Party (July 2023) are expected to have a significant impact on the electoral outcomes.

In Beed, BJP's Pankaja Munde is locked in a fierce contest against MVA's Bajrang Sonawane of NCP. The Sambhajinagar seat, formerly known as Aurangabad, will see a triangular fight between Shiv Sena (Shinde faction) candidate Sandipan Bhumre, Shiv Sena (UBT) candidate Chandrakant Khaire, and AIMIM's sitting MP Imtiaz Jaleel. Pune will witness a battle between BJP's Murlidhar Mohol, a former city Mayor, and Congress MLA Ravindra Dhangekar.

The Maratha quota agitation, led by activist Manoj Jarange Patil, has resulted in a sharp Maratha vs. Other Backward Classes (OBC) division in the Marathwada region. This agitation is expected to determine the fates of both ruling Mahayuti and opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) candidates in Beed, Jalna, and Sambhajinagar.

The campaigning for these crucial seats ended on Saturday at 6 pm, with top leaders from various parties holding rallies and roadshows to garner support for their candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, MVA leaders Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray, and Mahayuti's Ajit Pawar were among the prominent faces on the campaign trail.

However, the campaign was not without controversies. Prime Minister Modi's remark referring to Sharad Pawar as "bhatakti aatma (wandering soul)" and calling Uddhav Thackeray a "nakli son (fake son)" of Bal Thackeray sparked strong reactions from NCP (SP), Uddhav Thackeray, and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut. Raut hit back at Modi, terming him as "Latakati aatma (hanging soul)." Modi's open offer to Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray to be a part of the BJP alliance also drew attention.

As the polling day approaches, all eyes are on these 11 constituencies, with the outcomes expected to have a significant bearing on the political landscape of Maharashtra and the country. The bitter contests, family rivalries, and the impact of recent political developments make this phase of the Lok Sabha elections a crucial one to watch out for.

Key Takeaways

  • 11 key constituencies in Maharashtra go to polls on May 13 in 4th phase of 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
  • 2.28 crore eligible voters, including 1.18 crore men, 1.09 crore women, and 1,272 third gender voters, to exercise franchise.
  • Prominent candidates include Union Minister Raosaheb Danve, Pankaja Munde, Amol Kolhe, and Sujay Vikhe Patil.
  • Maratha quota agitation and splits in Shiv Sena and NCP expected to impact electoral outcomes.
  • Outcomes to have significant bearing on Maharashtra's political landscape and country's policy decisions.