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BMC election results 2017, as it happened: Final tally puts Shiv Sena-BJP at odds, alliance the only possibility

On the eve of counting, estranged ruling saffron allies, the Shiv Sena and the BJP, on Wednesday claimed they will get majority in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections on their own.

FP Politics February 23, 2017 22:30:37 IST
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BMC election results 2017, as it happened: Final tally puts Shiv Sena-BJP at odds, alliance the only possibility

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14:11 (ist)

A strange phenomenon in Ghatkopar

Four women won seats among those being counted in this centre, but strangely, the supporters were cheering for their husbands and not for the candidate herself. In one or two cases, the supporters couldn't even recollect the name of the woman who won, but could easily name her husband, her brother-in-law.

Constituencies and wards are reserved for women to empower them. But it's not implausible that male politicians from those wards make their female family members contest elections and be the face, while the real power lies in their hands.

Here's a list of some of the women who won:

Ward 125: Rupali Awale (Shiv Sena) — When I asked supporters who won, they said, "Awale Saheb". When I asked them the name of the candidate, they said that candidate was Awale Saheb's wife. It took them a few seconds to recollect her name.

Ward 124: Jyoti Khan (NCP) — People only knew that Harun Khan's wife had won. They had to check their phones to tell me the candidate's name.

Ward 123: Snehal More (Independent) — All the supporters to whom I spoke only mentioned, "More Saheb". All the chants were for Sudhir More. A quick chat with other party supporters made me realise that it wasn't Sudhir More who won, but it was his sister-in-law Snehal More who won.

Ward 126: Archana Bhalerao (MNS) — This was a slightly better situation as the supporters were saying 'vahini jinkli' (our sister-in-law has won). But most of the slogans were for her husband, Sanjay Bhalerao.

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Here is the final list of winners in Mumbai civic body polls

The results of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election has surprised everyone including the Shiv Sena, which hoped to gain a clear majority. In the initial phase of the polls, BJP was leading but by the end of the counting, both the parties were neck to neck. The Shiv Sena on Thursday emerged as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC winning 84 seats, closely followed by BJP which bagged 82 seats, as results for the 227 seats poured in. While the Shiv Sena did well in the Zilla Parishads, it suffered setbacks in the municipal corporations. Click here to access the list of all the winners so far.

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The BJP leader added that the BJP has done exceedingly well in Maharashtra, Haryana and Assam where it traditionally played a second fiddle to regional parties. Jaitley also mentioned the party's performance in the local government elections in Odisha saying that "BJP is capable of winning major states on its own". 

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Lost a few seats by extremely narrow margins

"Even the seats that we lost were often lost by extremely narrow margins. This could have been very comfortable for us had those results gone in our favour," rues Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.

Mumbai: On the eve of counting, estranged ruling saffron allies, the Shiv Sena and the BJP, on Wednesday claimed they will get majority in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections on their own.

Elections for the 227-member BMC took place on Tuesday and counting of votes will be taken up on Thursday. Besides Mumbai, elections were also held for nine other corporations.

Sources in the Sena said the party's internal survey shows it will win 110 out of the 202 seats it contested.

BMC election results 2017 as it happened Final tally puts Shiv SenaBJP at odds alliance the only possibility

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

On the other hand, sources in the BJP said the party is confident of bagging 108 seats on its own.

The half way mark to rule the civic body is 114 seats.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Maharashtra BJP President Raosaheb Danve said his party will win an absolute majority in the BMC.

"Of the 10 municipal corporations that went to polls, the BJP will come to power in six, including Mumbai," he said.

On the other hand, state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari claimed the BJP will be the single largest party in the BMC.

Commenting on the missing names in the voter list, he said the party will lodge a complaint with the State Election Commission (SEC) in this regard.

"It was incumbent on the SEC to ensure these things didn't happen. Had these names not gone missing, the BJP would have got more seats than what we are expecting," he said.

Meanwhile, Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe dismissed exit poll results that predicted a close contest between the Sena and the BJP in the country's largest civic body with none of them getting the majority.

Gorhe said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party will defy exit poll results and get the majority on its own.

The Sena and the BJP, which were allies in the BMC for over two decades, fought the February 21 polls separately.

According to the Sena's internal survey, it will win maximum seats in its strongholds of South-Central Mumbai (Sewri, Lalbaug, Worli), Central-Western Mumbai (Kurla, Kalina, Chandivali, Santacruz), Western Mumbai (Bandra, Versova, Andheri), Central Mumbai (Wadala, Dharavi, Mahim, Dadar), North Mumbai (Dahisar, Borivali) and North-West Mumbai (Goregaon, Jogeshwari).

At a meeting, BJP leaders discussed their possible response to emerging scenarios after the results for 10 civic corporations and 25 Zilla Parishads are declared.

With inputs from PTI.

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