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Mumbai beats Pune in voting

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

may have registered an unimpressive percentage Monday, but its residents can take from at least one thing -- they outdid

Against 49.84 per cent turnout in on April 23, registered a marginally better 51.11 per cent Monday.

The rivalry between Mumbai, the biggest city of Maharashtra, and Pune, the state's 'cultural capital', is old.

"Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai" , a hit Marathi rom-com with two sequels, exploits popular tropes about cultural differences between the two cities.

It played out on during the ongoing polls, with some Mumbaikars -- as residents of are called -- resolving to do better than

Girish Kuber, senior journalist, tweeted Monday morning: "Hope #Mumbai beats #Pune on this front too."

Mumbaikars, who take pride in the city's 24X7 fast-paced lifestyle, often take jibes at Pune's lethargic ways.

"Had it been called 'mat-pradarshan' (expression of opinion) instead of 'mat-daan' (giving vote), more people would have turned out in Pune," went one joke, punning on the word 'mat' which in Marathi means both vote and opinion.

For, people of Pune love nothing more than airing opinion on everything under the sun.

In any case, there can not be two opinions about the fact that Mumbaikars beat Punekars during this election.

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

First Published: Mon, April 29 2019. 20:45 IST