BJP wins with thump­ing ma­jor­ity in four by­polls

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

As ex­pected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the by­elec­tion in Bhandup, Pune, Kol­ha­pur and Nag­pur mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion polls.

The BJP and its al­lies Tararani Aghadi Pak­sha (Kol­ha­pur) and Re­pub­li­can Party of In­dia (Athawale) fac­tion mopped up four seats in Mum­bai, Nag­pur, Kol­ha­pur and Pune mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions.

In the by­elec­tion in Nag­pur mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, BJP’s Sandip Gavai won from ward num­ber 35-A polling 5,711 votes. In Kol­ha­pur mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, BJP-Tararani Aghadi Pak­sha can­di­date Rat­nesh Shi­rolkar won from ward num­ber 11, polling 1,399 votes.

In Pune mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion by­elec­tion, BJPRPI-A al­liance can­di­date Hi­mali Nav­nath Kam­ble won from ward num­ber 21-A, polling 7,899 votes.

The vic­tory of BJP’s Ja­gruti Pratik Patil, who de­feated her near­est Sena ri­val Meenakshi Patil in by­elec­tion to ward num­ber 116 (Bhandup) in Bri­han­Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has prompted BJP Lok Sabha MP from Mum­bai-North East Dr Kirit So­maiya re­mark that the BJP will soon inch ahead of the Sena in nu­mer­i­cal tally in the BMC and will soon have BJP mayor in BMC.

An up­beat So­maiya sar­cas­ti­cally re­marked: “Will the ar­ro­gance of Sena pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray mel­low down now at least”.

He ar­gued that the cur­rent nu­mer­i­cal tally of 84 seats of Sena and 83 of BJP in the BMC will soon change and re­verse in fa­vor of the BJP.

“We shall soon have our Mayor in BMC. Last time we let them off the hook. Now we shall inch ahead of them soon”, added So­maiya. How­ever, as per the ac­tual cur­rent tally in the BMC the Sena has 84 cor­po­ra­tors and BJP 82. One seat held by BJP has fallen va­cant due to the re­cent demise of its sit­ting se­nior cor­po­ra­tor Shailaja Girkar from Kan­di­vali.

PTI

BJP can­di­date Sandip Gawae along with Nag­pur mayor Nan­datae Jichkar cel­e­brates his win in Nag­pur, on Thurs­day.

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