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PM Modi to address election rally at Shivaji Park, hold roadshow in Mumbai today | Check traffic advisory

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second-largest after Uttar Pradesh. The first four phases of the Lok Sabha elections have been concluded. The next phase of voting will be held on May 20.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Mumbai Updated on: May 17, 2024 12:59 IST
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Image Source : PM MODI (X) PM Modi to address election rally at Shivaji Park, hold roadshow in Mumbai today | Check traffic advisory

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the fifth polling phase in 13 constituencies from Maharashtra slated for May 20 (Monday) will have a busy schedule on May 17. PM Modi will hold a roadshow in Mumbai South Central Constituency on Friday evening at around 6:45 pm. PM will campaign for party nominee Rahul Shewale during the roadshow. Shiv Sena (UBT) has fielded Anil Desai from the Mumbai South Central seat.

PM Modi to hold a public rally in Mumbai which will be held at Shivaji Park in Dadar. Security has been increased around Shivaji Park today. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray will share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Shivaji Park. Maharashtra Legislative Council leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule met the MNS Chief on Wednesday and invited him to the rally.

Shivaji park election rally

"PM Modi will be holding a rally on May 17 evening at Shivaji Park. I have invited Raj Thackeray to come to the rally. Raj Thackeray has supported PM Modi's Viksit Bharat mission. This has been accepted by the people of Maharashtra. We will benefit from Raj Thackeray's support for the Mahayuti in Maharashtra. I met him and invited him to the rally. In the coming days, Raj Thackeray will be supporting Mahayuti," Bawankule told media on Wednesday.

Raj Thackeray extended his party's unconditional support to the Mahayuti alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and the NCP in April. Mumbai Traffic Police also issued a traffic advisory in Dadar's Shivaji Park to avoid vehicular congestion during the 'Jahir Sabha' event on May 17.

"In view of a 'Public meeting' (Jahir Sabha) organised at Shivaji Park, Dadar on 17th May evening, a large number of VVIPs and supporters are expected to attend it. To avoid traffic congestion on WEH & EEH traffic arrangements will be in place from 10 am to midnight on 17th May," police said in a post on X.

Here is traffic advisory ahead of PM Modi's roadshow 

Political history of Mumbai South Central seat

From 1952 to 1989, the Mumbai South Central constituency saw shifts between Congress and CPI(M) dominance. In 1984, an independent candidate won, breaking the trend. Later, the Shiv Sena gained ground, becoming a major player. Today, this Sena stronghold faces a crucial test between Rahul Shewale and Anil Desai. Their battle will shape the constituency’s future.

Constituencies of Mumbai

Mumbai has a total of six constituencies, which are divided into two different colleges- city and suburban. While two constituencies- Mumbai south and Mumbai south Central fall under the city division, four constituencies- Mumbai North Central, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North West and Mumbai North fall under the jurisdiction of suburban collectorate.

The constituency, including areas like Dadar, Mahim, Sion, Dharavi, and nearby regions, has a significant Marathi-speaking population and a strong Dalit voter base. These demographics shape electoral outcomes and political strategies. Alliances between parties, both at state and national levels, greatly influence voter behaviour and election results, showcasing the intricate nature of political engagement in the constituency.

Mumbai city has a total number of around 24.59 lakh voters, while in the suburbs, a total of 74 lakh voters have registered this year. 

Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra

Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second-largest after Uttar Pradesh. The first four phases of the Lok Sabha elections have been concluded. The next phase of voting will be held on May 20. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phase in a six-week marathon running from April 19- June 1. The counting of votes will be held on June 4. In the 2019 elections, the BJP emerged as the largest party with 23 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena with 18 seats. 

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