BJP’s poll spirit halts in Nanded

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“This vic­tory shows that the BJP is re­ced­ing,” he said, adding that di­vi­sive pol­i­tics, per­sonal at­tacks and im­pact of de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST on traders, work­ers, farm­ers and the com­mon man had led to anger against the party.

The BJP had staged a coup by wean­ing over Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Patil Chikha­likar, who is a known op­po­nent of Cha­van, and had also en­sured the de­fec­tion of Cha­van’s for­mer as­so­ciates such as MLA Om­prakash Pokarna. How­ever, the BJP found some balm on its wounds in Mumbai, where its Ja­gruti Patil trounced the Shiv Sena’s Meenakshi Patil by 4,792 votes in Bhandup, a Sena strong­hold. This has in­creased the BJP’s strength to 82 in the 227-mem­ber house as against the rul­ing Shiv Sena’s 84.

One seat is va- cant due to the death of BJP cor­po­ra­tor and for­mer deputy mayor Shailaja Girkar; another seat is va­cant due to an in­de­pen­dent cor­po­ra­tor be­ing dis­qual­i­fied on cas te grounds. BJP MP Kirit So­maiya, known for cross­ing swords with the Shiv Sena lead­er­ship, said that the power equa­tion in the BMC may change in their favour with the Sena los­ing its slim mar­gin over it. “Next year, the BJP will have 84 seats and the Sena will have 83, and the BMC will be mafia mukt. (Shiv Sena pres­i­dent) Ud­dhav Thack­eray must shun his ar­ro­gance now,” he said.

Deepak Pawar, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, depart­ment of Civics and Pol­i­tics, Univer­sity of Mumbai, noted that the nanded vic­tory in­di­cated all was not over for the Congress and would serve as a booster shot for it.

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