Debutante Aaditya Thackrey, son of Uddhav Thackeray, is leading with nearly 16,393 votes in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, as per early trends. The 29-year-old Thackeray scion is pitted against NCP's Suresh Mane. The grandson of Bal Thackeray is standing from the prestigious Worli seat in south-central Mumbai.
Aaditya Thackeray is the first member from the Thackeray family to enter the electoral fray after Shalini Thackeray, the wife of Jeetendra Thackeray, a cousin of MNS founder Raj Thackeray, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Counting of votes for all the 288 Assembly segments began at 8 am on Thursday at 269 locations in the state, an official said.
Exit polls have predicted a comfortable win for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government in the state.
Around 25,000 personnel are deployed on counting duty, an election official said, adding police have also made adequate arrangements to ensure a smooth counting process.
The polling held on Monday saw a voter turnout of 61.13 per cent, a dip from the 63.20 per cent recorded in 2014, the official said.
(With PTI inputs)