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Thunderstorm likely in many parts of Maharashtra on polling day

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21st October, 2019 23:33 IST

 As the elections are scheduled for October 21 in Maharashtra, rain may spoil during polling as rain conditions persist in many parts of the state.  On Monday, 8.98 crore voters will be seen in 288 seats in the state, who decide the fate of 3,237 candidates.

 On Sunday, several parts of the state like Kolhapur and Satara saw thunder and rain, while other parts of the state like Sangli, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri and Aurangabad saw moderate rainfall.

 The IMD on Monday predicted thunderstorms with light and strong winds at some places in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Beed and Osmanabad districts.

 According to IMD, light rains will occur in some districts, while North Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Marathwada will be fine without rain on Monday.

 Meanwhile, large-scale preparations are going on in the state before the assembly elections.  Apart from this, special arrangements have also been made for women, especially disabled and senior citizens.

 “Dharavi has a total of 283 polling booths, out of which 120 booths are temporary structures which are waterproof.  One predecessor and three polling officers have also been deployed at each booth and these teams have been trained at least three times.  They have been provided with EVMs and other voting material this morning ”, Ravindra Hazare, Returning Officer (RO), was told by ANI.

 Stating that EVM machines have been thoroughly tested for elections, Hazare said that the machines have been handed over to every booth today.

 According to the Election Commission notification, the election campaign in Maharashtra and Haryana for the election campaign was concluded on Saturday.  Voting in both states will be held on October 21 and the will will be declared on October 24.  Voting will start at 7 am and continue till 6 pm.

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