The migrant rush to Thane district as well as the growth of the satellite city has transformed this backwater of Mumbai into an urban sprawl and a goldmine for politicians. More than 66 lakh voters are now registered in the 24 assembly constituencies here. While in the 2004 polls Thane district had only 11 assembly seats, after delimitation it has 24. With the voter tally going up by more than 20 lakh in 10 years, the population growth compelled the Election Commission to revise assembly and parliamentary boundaries here. Urban voters clearly outnumber the rural ones. In the Thane and Navi Mumbai municipal corporation areas, which comprise the six assembly segments of Thane, Kopri-Panchpakhadi, Mumbra-Kalwa, Ovla-Majiwada, Belapur and Airoli, the total voting population exceeds 18 lakh. As against this, the rural assembly seats’ tally has contracted considerably with the district’s rural representation in the state legislature restricted to just five seats, Dahanu, Vikramgadh, Palghar, Shahapur and Murbad. The total voters in these five constituencies is 12.13 lakh. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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