Sena in shock as BJP nar­rows gap in BMC

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI - Dhaval Kulka­rni & Devashri Bhu­jbal cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­

The de­feat in by­elec­tions to BMC’s Bhandup seat comes as a shock for the Shiv Sena. On Thurs­day, BJP’s Ja­gruti Patil’s trounced Sena’s Meenakshi Patil by 4,792 votes. The elec­tion in the ward num­ber 116 was ne­ces­si­tated by the death of Con­gress cor­po­ra­tor and Ja­gruti’s moth­erin-law Pramila Patil.

Shiv Sena sources ad­mit­ted that apart from sym­pa­thy to­wards the BJP can­di­date, the de­feat showed that the party’s pol­icy of be­ing in power yet act­ing out the role of the op­po­si­tion was work­ing against it. Meenakshi is the wife of lo­cal Shiv Sena MLA Ashok Patil.

Ja­gruti Patil, who at­trib­uted the vic­tory to her mother-in-law and her work in the ward, got 11,129 votes against Meenakshi’s 6,337 votes. Pramila Singh of the Con­gress se­cured just 972 votes.

Af­ter this win, BJP now has 82 cor­po­ra­tors against the Sena’s 84. Though the BJP had won 82 seats in the BMC polls in Fe­bru­ary, the death of Kan­di­vali cor­po­ra­tor Shailaja Girkar had brought down its tally to 81.

“This was the re­sult of a sym­pa­thy vote. This is a vic­tory of the Patil fam­ily and not that of the BJP,” said a Shiv Sena source. How­ever, there is a larger mes­sage for the Shiv Sena, which con­tin­ues to be part of the gov­ern­ments and still takes on the BJP.

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