The BJP-Shiv Sena combine was ahead in 44 of the 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, appeared to have got an unassailable lead in around half a dozen seats, as per trends are available so far. The BJP was ahead in 24 seats and the Sena in 20, while the NCP was ahead in three and the AIMIM in one seat. Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers Shri Nitin Gadkari and Shri Subhash Bhamre were leading in Nagpur and Dhule seats respectively. All Congress candidates, including former Union minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, state president Shri Ashok Chavan and Mumbai unit chief Shri Milind Deora, were trailing in their seats. BJP’s Shri Sujay Vikhe Patil established a lead of 87,287 votes over his NCP rival Shri Sangram Jagtap in Ahmednagar. The BJP nominee, son of Congress leader Shri Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, quit the Rahul Gandhi-led party to join the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.