Voting in Maharashtra began on Monday morning to elect the next government in the state.
Polling started at 7 am this morning and will be on till 6 pm.
For the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP and Shiv Sena are contesting in an alliance, while on the opposite side the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are contesting together.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari cast his vote along with his wife in Nagpur.
Gadkari in a tweet appealed to all the voters of Maharashtra and Haryana to vote for the progress of the state.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that he is confident that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will win around 225 seats.
“A vote is the most effective way to exercise our democratic rights & contribute to India’s future. I urge everyone in Maharashtra and Haryana to vote for development, good governance and security for every Indian,” Goyal said in a tweet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also urge voters to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy.
“Elections are taking place for Haryana and Maharashtra assemblies. There are also by-polls taking place in various parts of India. I urge voters in these states and seats to turnout in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. I hope youngsters vote in large numbers,” PM Modi tweeted.