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

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The narrowed its tally gap with in the civic body as its nominee today won the bypoll from Bhandup, beating the bickering ally's candidate by 4,792 votes.

The 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-was necessitated after the death of corporator Pramila Patil on April 25.

With the latest victory, the BJP's tally in the 227-member has risen to 83, while that of the Sena remains at 84. While Sena has claimed support of four other corporators, has claimed the support of two others.

Senior corporator Shailaja Girkar passed away in last month. That seat is still technically counted as belonging to the as bypoll hasn't been held, the official said.

The was held yesterday and saw an aggressive campaign by both the and the

The had fielded Pramila Singh as its candidate.

Reacting to the results, MP Kirit Somaiya said leaders of the bickering ally should shed their arrogance.

"If doesn't get rid of their arrogance, they will be reduced to 83 seats and will have 84 seats in BMC," Somaiya said.

president Ashish Shelar said the Bhandup bypoll result has shown the 'hollowness of big claims made by some people'. However, he did not name any Sena leaders.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 17:57 IST
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