Al­lies vote against each other in leg­isla­tive coun­cil elec­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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