Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

BJP defeats Shiv Sena in Bhandup by 4800 votes

BJP’s Jagruti Patel celebrates her victory BJP’s Jagruti Patel celebrates her victory
Marlene Weaver | 13 October, 2017, 04:12

In Mumbai, BJP's Jagruti Patil won BMC bypoll in Bhandup ward defeating Shiv Sena candidate Minakshi Patil.

While Jagruti Patil polled 11,129 votes, her nearest rival, Shiv Sena candidate Minakshi Patil secured 6,337 votes in the by-election in ward no. 116 of the eastern suburb of Bhandup, BMC officials declared.

With the victory, the BJP's tally in the 227-member BMC has risen to 83; the Sena's strength remains at 84. BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said besides the Kandivli seat, there would soon be one more by-election because a sitting corporator who is not happy with his or her party would resign. The party had fielded Pramila Singh as its candidate this time, but failed to retain its seat.

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The by-elections were conducted following the untimely demise of Congress corporator Pramila Patil on April 25. Death of the corporator Shailaja Girkar had brought down the BJP's tally in the BMC last month, which was restored with their victory in today's by poll. The Shiv Sena emerged the single largest party winning 84 wards in the February elections, which produced an inconclusive result, with no party anywhere close to the 114 required to control the municipality. Along with gains in local elections across the state, it consolidated the party's position in the state, which for years played junior partner to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. "The result is a mandate in favour of development drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis".

But her daughter-in-law Jagruti Patil made a decision to contest the election on a BJP ticket.

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