The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday narrowed its seat tally with the Shiv Sena in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation with party candidate Jagruti Patil winning the Bhandup bypoll (Ward No.116).
While the Shiv Sena fielded Minakshi Patil, the Congress had Pramila Singh as its candidate. Polling for the Bhandup ward no 116 by-election was held on Wednesday.
Jagruti Patil secured 11,129 votes as against 6,337 bagged by Meenakshi Patil. Her daughter-in-law, Jagruti, joined the BJP, and contested elections.
Patel's convincing victory, with a gap of 4,792 votes, has taken BJP's tally in the 227-member BMC to 82. The seat fell vacant due to death of Congress corporator Pramila Patil. The by-poll in Ward no 116 of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been necessitated due to the death of Congress corporator Pramila Patil, who passed away due to a heart attack on April 25. 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. Mr. Somaiya said, "If the Shiv Sena does not get rid of its arrogance, they will be reduced to 83 seats and BJP will have 84 seats in the BMC". The equation will surely make Sena uneasy, as it is already having disputes with BJP over a lot of issues in civic body. Earlier this year, during the BMCelection in February, she had lost to Pramila Patil by a thin margin.
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