The ruling Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray emerged as the number one party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls. The results of 227 BMC seats was declared just a while ago. Shiv Sena topped the chart after winning 84 seats in the civic body. Shiv Sena falls short 30 seats for a clear majority.
Besides Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended on the second slot in Mumbai in the civic body elections held across Maharashtra. BJP claimed 82 seats, while the Congress stood at third with 31 to its credit. The Nationalist Congress Party claimed 9. Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena only managed to grab 7 seats.
Meanwhile, stunned by the outcome of the Congress party, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam offered to resign from the post.
“I accept the decision of people of Mumbai. I will keep working for the party,” Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said on his resignation.
“Some big leaders within party deliberately made statements on party’s work&me. This result is the outcome of their anti-party campaigns,” he added.
Since morning Shiv Sainiks were gathered at Sena Bhavan, Shiv Sena’s Headquarter in Dadar in a hope that Shiv Sena will wipe out Bhartiya Janta Party from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) but at the end of the day their dreams shattered as BJP started leading in last few hours and game completed changed in climax where Shiv Sena won 84 seats where it’s counter part and former alliance partner BJP succeed to give tough fight and win 81 seats.
Highlights of BMC election 2017.
Break up of Shiv Sena and BJP:
This 20 year old relationship decided to go independently this election as Shiv Sena wasn’t ready for 120 seats, later BJP vs Shiv Sena battle turned worst as days were close to election. Still after results are declared there is no stop from both sides and still there is doubt on their alliance as both will need minimum seats independently at BMC which will be decided soon
Highest percentage of voters.
55% voters came stepped out of house to vote and this time curiosity was on the peak as Shiv Sena broke up with BJP and voters loyal to alliance were judging them on development. In many parts voters were keen on choosing candidate than party which can be seen in result where many candidates has own because of their work.
Showcasing candidate’s criminal record at polling booth.
State Election commission had presented details of all candidates on board outside polling booth for people to see whether candidate is criminal or not. This helped many voters as before voting they had idea how much money candidates own and how many have serious criminal cases against them.
This was first time election commission had displayed it for people otherwise it was always online mentioned in candidate’s affidavit.
No clue about winner.
Shiv Sena has won 84 seats but still there is no decision on mayor and deputy mayor of BMC. Insiders from party saying mayor will be decided by Chief but still there is no clear idea how Shiv Sena going to appoint mayor and what will be the equation.
MNS, AIMIM, NCP and SP in single digit.
Where parties like Shiv Sena, BJP and Congress were giving tough competition in BMC election there are parties like MNS, AIMIM, NCP and SP who couldn’t reach double digits and won seats only in single digit.
This wasn’t expected from national and regional parties to face defeat like this in Mumbai but Shiv Sena-BJP alliance break up is affecting all parties as now voters are divided and they have clear choice between all parties which wasn’t case earlier.
11Lakh voters couldn’t find their name in list.
Reportedly 11lakh voters went home without voting as their names were missing from voters list. Shiv Sena leaders have claimed its BJP’s work as they believe this was reason for losing in some wards where Shiv Sena has strong supporting. These are just allegations but despite of people not finding their names hence not voting percentage for voters turn out is 55%, as in 2012, BMC election it was 44.75.
Notice period time not ended.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had said on right time he will decide on ending relations with BJP at State and Centre, but still right time hasn’t come even after winning election at Top position, Shiv Sena still not firm on it’s s stand whether to go with BJP or not out in state and centre. Mumbaikars are still waiting to see notice period ending soon as promised but Shiv Sena is still not opening its card and vocal about their relationship with friend turn foe party however Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis don’t want to call Shiv Sena a foe they are still friend but not with any benefit as of now.
Meanwhile, BJP has claimed that they have the support of 4 other corporators.
BJP’s Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar declares party’s win on 81 seats and claims support of 4 other corporators. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/Y3JMrbTfVc
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 23, 2017
This is for the first time in two decades Shiv Sena and BJP fought the BMC polls separately. On February 21, Mumbai recorded the ts highest-ever voter turnout for a municipal election after it registered 55. 28 percent turnout after nearly 5 million voters exercised their franchise.