Nearly nine crore people are voting to chose from 3,237 candidates for 288 Assembly seats in state elections today, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and former Chief Ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan of the Congress among the big names in play. The Maharashtra Assembly election 2019 will see the Congress-NCP attempt to unseat the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine. This is the first election since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to a massive win in April-May polls. It is also the first since Rahul Gandhi stepped down as Congress President in July. triggering in-fighting in state units across the country.