BJP wins Bhandup in Sena strong­hold

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER

Bhandup ward num­ber 116 went for by­elec­tion on Wed­nes­day for which seven can­di­dates from Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and other po­lit­i­cal par­ties were in the fray. How­ever, the BJP can­di­date Ja­gruti Patil daugh­ter-in-law of late. Pramila Patil won the bat­tle by suc­cess­fully bag­ging 11,229 votes against the sec­ond runner-up Meenakshi Patil of Shiv Sena who only man­aged to 6,337 votes.

In­ter­est­ingly, the Sena can­di­date is the wife of sit­ting Sena party leg­is­la­tor Ashok Patil. Hence, the BJP has won the bat­tle in Sena strong­hold it­self.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lit­i­cal pun­dits, the win can be a great achieve­ment for BJP in fu­ture, as chances are af­ter two-and-half years the sec­ond largest party BJP in BMC can take help from an­other party like Na­tion­al­ist Con­gress Party (NCP) or Con­gress to form there rul­ing in cor­po­ra­tion or ei­ther claim for Mayor’s post.

Af­ter the Bhandup by­elec­tion, the tally of BJP cor­po­ra­tors come to 82 which has come down to 81 af­ter the death of Shaileja Girkar. If at all again at the place of Girkar if BJP bags the seat where re­elec­tions yet to take, then the to­tal would go up­til 83. While the rul­ing party Sena's strength in BMC is 84 and it also has the sup­port of few in­de­pen­dent cor­po­ra­tors.

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