BJP de­feats Sena in BMC by-poll; nar­rows tally gap

Millennium Post - - NATION -

MUM­BAI: The BJP nar­rowed its tally gap with Shiv Sena in the Mum­bai civic body as its nom­i­nee on Thurs­day won the BMC by­poll from Bhandup, beat­ing the bick­er­ing ally's can­di­date by 4,792 votes.

The BJP can­di­date, Ja­gruti Pa­tel, polled 11,129 votes in ward no. 116, while the Sena nom­i­nee, Mi­nakshi Patil, got 6,337 votes, an of­fi­cial of the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) said.

The by-elec­tion was ne­ces­si­tated af­ter the death of Con­gress cor­po­ra­tor Pramila Patil on April 25. With the lat­est vic­tory, the BJP'S tally in the 227-mem­ber BMC has risen to 83, while that of the Sena re­mains at 84. While Sena has claimed sup­port of four other cor­po­ra­tors, BJP has claimed the sup­port of two oth­ers. Se­nior BJP cor­po­ra­tor Shailaja Girkar passed away in Mum­bai last month. That seat is still tech­ni­cally counted as be­long­ing to the BJP as by­poll hasn't been held, the of­fi­cial said.

The elec­tion was held yes­ter­day and saw an ag­gres­sive cam­paign by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

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