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STATE BETTERS LS SHOW

Mumbai and rest of the Maharashtra bettered their turnout in the Lok Sabha election by recording around 60% polling for the assembly polls on Tuesday. But it is not better enough to beat the 2004 record of 64% voting. In the island city, close to 48% of the total registered voters exercised their franchise. In the Lok Sabha polls 2009, the percentage was as low as 54% in the state. Mumbai was worse with 44% turnout. But the turnout in the assembly polls on Tuesday fell short of the previous percentage in 2004 election at 63.95%. In 1999 assembly polls, Maharashtra had recorded 60.95% polling. While election officials maintained the overall polling percentage might show an improvement when the final figures come in, 60% voting, which is a sizeable improvement over the voter participation in the general election, has failed to enthuse the political parties. In the Vidarbha region, which has a share of 62 assembly seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, around 58% polling has been reported. In contrast, parts of western Maharashtra like Sangli, Kolhapur, and Solapur recorded 60% to 65% polling. Some constituencies, like Shirala and Sangli town, recorded an impressive turnout of 72% to 75%.

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