A rain-soaked Maharashtra is voting across all 288 assembly constituencies amidst tight security today. Braving rain in many parts of the state including Mumbai, early voters turned up to exercise their franchise.
Several Bollywood celebrities, including superstar Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya- Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, and Varun Dhawan among others, also exercised their franchise to elect the next government in the state.
Superstar Salman Khan reached his polling station where he cast his vote.
Aamir Khan was among the first celebrities who came to the polling station to vote. Aamir also urged people to come out in heavy numbers to vote in the election.
Kiran Rao was also spotted.
Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri Khan reached his polling station to cast their votes.
A smiling Deepika Padukone comes out of the polling booth after casting her vote.
Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, and Jaya Bachchan were spotted together as they reached to cast their votes for the Maharashtra assembly elections.
Actor Hrithik Roshan casts his vote at his polling booth in Juhu.
Anushka Sharma with her parents poses for a picture after casting her vote.
Kareena Kapoor Khan poses with son Taimur Ali Khan after casting her vote.
Madhuri Dixit also came to the polling station to cast her vote.
Actor Varun Dhawan poses for the camera after casting his vote.
Actor Anil Kapoor voted at a polling booth in Juhu, Mumbai.
BJP MP and veteran actor Hema Malini also voted.
Dharmendra who is recovering from Dengue made sure to cast his vote.
BJP MP from Gurdaspur and actor Sunny Deol also cast his vote.
Actor Vidya Balan with her family voted in the Maharashtra Assembly elections
Actress Preity Zinta was among the celebrities who voted today.
Actor Riteish Deshmukh along with actor-wife Genelia D'Souza voted in home district Latur. He took to Twitter and uploaded a picture of the duo,
writing, "Go exercise your right!! Go Vote!"
Go exercise your right!! Go Vote !!! pic.twitter.com/7UlpZwl3EF— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) October 21, 2019
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar pose for the media after casting their votes
Actor Vivek Oberoi with his father Suresh Oberoi reached polling station to vote.
Actor Urmila Matondkar poses for the camera after casting her vote in Bandra, Mumbai.
Sohail Khan and wife Seema Sachdeva Khan cast their votes.
Power couple Lara Dutta and tennis star Mahesh Bhupati also came out to vote.
Dia Mirza also spotted at the polling station.
Sikander Kher poses for the camera after casting his vote.
Vatsal Seth shows his inked finger as the actor comes out after voting.
Dino Morea was also among the list of celebrities who were spotted voting in the election today.
Former Congress MP and Sanjay Dutt's sister Priya Dutt also went to vote along with her husband.
A total of 3,237 candidates from a host of parties besides Independents are in the fray in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine is hoping to return to power for a second consecutive term against the opposition Congress-NCP alliance.
The state has a total electorate of 8.97 crores, comprising 4.68 crore men and 4.28 crore women, plus 2,634 transgender voters.
The Election Commission has set up 966,661 polling stations and deployed a total number 135,021 VVPAT-EVMs for voting in the state.
(With inputs from IANS)