MUMBAI: Counting of votes polled in the Maharashtra assembly elections Oct 15 started Sunday across the state's 36 districts.
A total of 4,119 candidates are in fray for the 288-member assembly.
The contest is between five major parties - the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Election officials are hopeful the first proper trends will be available by 10 AM.
What exit polls say
While the exit polls conducted by 'Today's Chanakya' has projected a clear majority for BJP, ABP-Nielson showed it reaching the half-way mark of 144 in the 288-member assembly.
C-voter's poll predicted BJP to get 129 seats, while the one telecast on IndiaTV gave it between 124 and 134.
All surveys said Shiv Sena will emerge as the second largest party getting between 56 and 77 seats, while projection for Congress ranged between 40 to 48, NCP 34 to 41 and for MNS five to nine.