With Win In Mumbai Civic By-Election BJP Just 2 Seats Behind Sena

With Win In Mumbai Civic By-Election BJP Just 2 Seats Behind Sena

BJP candidate Jagruti Patil emerged victorious in the BMC bypoll in Ward No. 116 in Bhandup on Thursday, polling 11,129 votes and beating nearest rival Minakshi Patil of the Shiv Sena by a margin of 4,792 votes. The BJP's candidate Jagruti Patel beat her closest competitor, the Shiv Sena's Minakshi Patil, by over 4000 votes on Wednesday. Though the BJP has supported Shiv Sena, it is not sharing the power in the city council with them.

The BJP, only two wards behind the Shiv Sena in Mumbai's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has narrowed the gap to just one seat by winning a by-election. 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 election was held yesterday and saw an aggressive campaign by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena. The Congress had fielded Pramila Singh as its candidate. As per early trends, the BJP is leading in Ward no 116 in Bhandup. 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.

Mumbai: Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar on Thursday said the party's victory in the BMC bypoll was an endorsement by voters of development agenda being pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The Bhandup by-poll assumed significance for both the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as both are leaving no stone unturned to become the single largest party in the BMC.

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