Ward de­lim­i­ta­tion likely to help Sena in­crease BMC seat tally

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­times.com Man­ish K Pathak man­ish.pathak@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It may have been re­duced to be­ing the BJP’s ju­nior part­ner at the state level. But the stars seem to have aligned for the Shiv Sena ahead of the polls to the coun­try’s rich­est mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion. It has emerged as the only party with a clear ad­van­tage from the re­cent de­lim­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise in Mum­bai.

A ward-wise anal­y­sis of all sit­ting cor­po­ra­tors vis-à-vis the new ward con­sti­tu­tion af­ter de­lim­i­ta­tion shows that while four ad­min­is­tra­tive wards that are the party’s main­stay ar­eas have been un­af­fected, four more ad­min­is­tra­tive wards with a ma­jor­ity Sena pres­ence will see an in­crease in elec­toral seats. This is likely to help po­si­tion the party, which cur­rently has 75 cor­po­ra­tors in the BMC, to im­prove its num­bers.

In some of the north­ern sub­urbs where the Sena has a ma­jor­ity, elec­toral seats are set to in­crease from 44 to 51. These in­clude four ad­min­is­tra­tive wards of R North (Dahisar), P North (Malad), P South (Gore­gaon) and L ward (Kurla). The party’s other bas­tions com­pris­ing K East (Jo­gesh­wari, And­heri), F North (Sion, Matunga), F South (Parel), and G North (Dadar, Mahim) have been un­af­fected by de­lim­i­ta­tion.

A 39-year-old per­fumer was found dead at her Goa res­i­dence on Thurs­day. Monika Ghurde’s naked body was found with her hands and legs tied to a bed at her house at San­golda in North Goa, the po­lice said.

While in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way, the po­lice sus­pect Ghurde may have been robbed and then sex­u­ally as­saulted or raped and killed the pre­vi­ous night, while she was alone in her first-floor flat in res­i­den­tial com­plex Sapna Raj Val­ley.

The po­lice said there were vis­i­ble marks on her neck and they sus­pect Ghurde was stran­gled.

Ghurde had been liv­ing alone for a year in the three-bed­room house, while her hus­band lived nearby, sources said.

“She was es­tranged from her hus­band and liv­ing alone. She was orig­i­nally from Nag­pur, while her hus­band is from Chennai,” po­lice in­spec­tor Ra­jesh Ku­mar said.

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