Friday, 24 November, 2017

BJP sweeps Mira-Bhayander civic polls, Sena suffers big jolt

Voters stand in a queue outside a polling booth Voters stand in a queue outside a polling booth
Christy Curtis | 22 August, 2017, 00:29

The BJP secured nearly two-thirds majority by bagging 61 of the total 95 seats and almost doubled its tally compared to 32 corporators in the previous election. In 2012, the NCP had won 27 seats and this time around, failed to open an account.

The victory is significant for the ruling BJP in Maharashtra since it made a decision to contest the civic polls on its own in keeping with its strategy for municipal and zilla parishad (district councils) elections held earlier this year. The Marathi population has largely stayed with the Shiv Sena.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray campaigned heavily in the elections, virtually carrying on with the BJP-Sena acrimony seen in the Mumbai civic elections earlier this year. Shiv Sena fielded all 94 candidates.

BJP bagged a whopping 62 out of the 95 seats, according to the results announced by the election commission after counting of votes today. It is the hard work of Team BJP which has spread this sense of trust in the area which resulted in the win. According to IE report, BJP is contesting for 90 seats while four seats have been given to RPI.

It was a landslide victory for the BJP in an election that was touted to be a four-way fight.

The polls recorded a 47 per cent turnout. The BJP controls Panvel civic body and shares power in Ulhasnagar and Vasai-Virar corporations.

Shelar also mocked former BJP ally in the municipal corporation, Shiv Sena, without mentioning the name of the party. Congratulatory tweets from several BJP workers as well as the public have started to pour in: Pankaja Munde Minister for Rural Development, Women & Child Development, Guardian Minister for Beed, Maharashtra also took to Twitter to congratulate CM Fadnavis citing the government's developmental plan.

As per the latest trend, the Congress has won only on six seats while the Shiv Sena candidates were successful in five wards. BJP offers unconditional support to Shiv Sena in BMC.

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