Tight po­lice se­cu­rity for by­polls

Cops de­ployed at sen­si­tive lo­ca­tions; all eyes are on NCP, which is hop­ing to re­tain im­por­tant seat

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: Res­i­dents of ward 88 in Nerul will queue up to cast their votes in the by-elec­tion on Sun­day and the po­lice have made ar­range­ments to en­sure peace­ful elec­tions.

“We have taken all pre­cau­tions and con­veyed a clear mes­sage to all that we will not tol­er­ate any vi­o­lence or vi­o­la­tion of norms,” said Sangeeta Alphonso, se­nior in­spec­tor of Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

She said, “Our per­son­nel have been posted at all sen­si­tive points to en­sure free and fair elec­tions.”

The elec­tion re­sults hold im­por­tance as all eyes are on the Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP), which is con­test­ing to re­tain its seat. The elec­tion was ne­ces­si­tated ow­ing to the mys­te­ri­ous death of lo­cal NCP cor­po­ra­tor Shashikala Mal­adi, whose body was found be­tween Mankhurd and Go­vandi rail­way tracks last Septem­ber.

The NCP, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)Shiv Sena al­liance ended their heated cam­paign on Fri­day. The elec­tion com­mis­sion has resched­uled the count­ing day to Sun­day.

Al­though the elec­tion is for a sin­gle ward, all the par­ties had de­ployed their top lo­cal lead­ers and held pub­lic meet­ings. Sev­eral top lead­ers had vir­tu­ally

camped in the ward. There were al­le­ga­tions and coun­ter­al­le­ga­tions dur­ing the cam­paign.

Congress can­di­date Nu­tan Raut had the party’s city chief Dashrath Bha­gat and for­mer cor­po­ra­tor Santosh Shetty go door to door can­vass­ing for their can­di­date.

“Last time, our can­di­date had

been very close to win­ning. This time we have put in more ef­forts and have an ed­u­cated can­di­date, which the peo­ple of the ward are sure to ac­cept,” said Bha­gat.

MLA Manda Mha­tre, Sena deputy leader Vi­jay Na­hata, guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde, and op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule

cam­paigned for BJP-Shiv Sena can­di­date Saraswati Patil.

“We are con­fi­dent of our vic­tory be­cause peo­ple have seen what we have done within a year of our gov­er­nance,” said Mha­tre.

“We had lost the last elec­tion by a small mar­gin. Now is the time to nail it,” said Choughule.

He said, “The NCP does not have a ma­jor­ity of its own in the house. Any fur­ther re­duc­tion in its num­ber could prove fa­tal.”

NCP can­di­date Shilpa Kam­bli’s cam­paign had been led by for­mer cor­po­ra­tor Suresh Shetty. For­mer min­is­ter Ganesh Naik, for­mer MP San­jeev Naik, MLA San­deep Naik, mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane and for­mer mayor Sagar Naik had cam­paigned for Kam­bli.

NMMC house leader Jay­want Su­tar said, “We have cam­paigned on the de­vel­op­ment plank. The al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion by the op­po­si­tion are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.”

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