Mumbai, suburbs all set for fierce poll battle

Mumbai, suburbs all set for fierce poll battle

Police personnel conduct a route march in Thane district ahead of polling day. (DH Photo)

The fate of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar's grand nephew Parth Pawar, actress-model Urmila Matondkar, Marathi actor Dr Amol Kolhe, actor Sanjay Dutt's sister Priya Dutt, Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre will be sealed on Monday when Maharashtra goes to its fourth and final phase of polls.

The six seats of Mumbai, four of neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad together forming the Mumbai Metropolitan Region are among the constituencies.

The 17 seats going to polls are controlled by the BJP (9) and Shiv Sena (8). There are nearly 3.11 crore voters in these 17 constituencies spread across Konkan, Western Maharashtra and Khandesh-North Maharashtra.

As many as 323 candidates are in fray in these seats. A repeat of the 2014 for the BJP-Sena saffron alliance appears a bit challenging and the seats particularly in Mumbai Metropolitan Region would have narrow margins, given the kind of fierce direct fights.

The constituencies going to polls are Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik and Shirdi (North Maharashtra), Maval and Shirur (Western Maharashtra), Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai South, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North Central and Mumbai North.

Other prominent people in fray are current and past Mumbai Congress presidents Milind Deora and Sanjay Nirupam, respectively. Former minister Vijaykumar Gavit's daughter Heena Gavit and former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal's nephew Sameer Bhujbal are also in race.