CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, BIGGEST MARGINS
Shashikala Patil of NCP, contesting from ward 72 of Turbhe, won by a margin of just 6 votes against BJP’s sitting corporator Vijaya Gharat. While Patil bagged 1,717 votes, Gharat secured 1,711 votes. Deputy mayor Ashok Gawde escaped by a whisker, winning by just 3 votes in Nerul’s ward 109 against Sameer Bagwan of Shiv Sena. Gawde, an NCP candidate, got 1,051 votes while Bagwan secured 1,048 votes. The biggest margin of victory went to former Shiv Sena city chief Vijay Chougule in ward 7 of Chinchpada area in Airoli. Chougule, whose influence in the area is well known, secured 3,107 votes against just 393 votes of Bhaskar More, an NCP candidate. The victory margin is a whopping 2,714 votes.