There are 27,920 Gram Panchayats in Maharashtra and the polls will cover 34 districts, barring Mumbai city and Mumbai suburban
While two groups owing allegiance to local leaders clashed before being separated by police in Jalna, in Beed Shiv Sena candidate's supporters had a feud over vehicles used to 'ferry votes'.
Mumbai's voter turnout remained below 50 per cent between 1999 to 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Haryana and Maharashtra CMs will be looking to improve their poll performance; opposition weakened by infighting, leadership crisis
While the BJP and its allies seeking to retain power in the two states, the opposition is hoping to turn the tide by taking advantage of any anti-incumbency.
After successfully decimating the opposition, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is taking aim at its allies, now that it has registered emphatic victories in two consecutive Lok Sabha polls.