Allies vote against each other in legislative council elections
MUMBAI: The elections to eight seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the local bodies constituency saw partners in both alliances voting against each other’s candidates as the results declared on Wednesday show. The BJP gained two seats at the expense of the Congress (from Nagpur) and the Nationalist Congress Party (from Solapur).
The Shiv Sena retained its two seats -- from the BMC and from Akola-Buldana -- but its candidate in Mumbai, the environment minister Ramdas Kadam, did not get votes from its ally the BJP. Kadam’s tally of 86 votes is the Sena’s strength in the BMC; the NCP rebel Prasad Lad got 55 votes – including 31 from BJP corporators and all 14 NCP votes.
The Congress’ Bhai Jagtap retained his seat from the BMC but got just nine votes more than Lad. Soon after the results were announced, Lad said it was a victory for him, as he was just nine votes behind Jagtap and also thanked chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for support.
The infighting persisted even after a meeting between the Sena and the BJP around a week ago, where Ashish Shelar, city unit chief of the BJP, had said his party would ensure a resounding victory for Kadam in the election held on Sunday.
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