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BJP sweeps Mira-Bhayander civic polls, Sena suffers big jolt


There are a total of 95 seats in the corporation and like the Mumbai Municipal polls, both the Shiv Sena and BJP are contesting separately. As per the Indian Express report, the Congress had secured one seat unopposed and hence the polls were held only for the 94 seats on Sunday. The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, however, did not win a single seat.

This year in February, the BJP jumped from 31 seats in 2012 to 82 in the elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Sena won 84.

The victory is significant for the ruling BJP in Maharashtra since it chose to contest the civic polls on its own in keeping with its strategy for municipal and zilla parishad (district councils) elections held earlier this year. And with 22 seats, Shiv Sena will be the main Opposition party in MBMC. Shiv Sena rules the Mumbai and Thane corporations while Congress has the upper hand in Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic body, the NCP rules the Navi Mumbai Corporation. Two seats have been secured by independent candidates. Counting of votes for the election results began at 10 am on Monday.

The BJP had fielded 90 candidates for MBMC civic polls while its ally Republican Party of India (Athawale) had put forward four of its candidates. It is the hard work of Team BJP which has spread this sense of trust in the area which resulted in the win.

The term of the BJP-Shiv Sena rule municipal corporation ends on 27 August. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took to Twitter to congratulate the party.

The polls recorded a 47 per cent turnout.

But BJP MP Kirit Somaiya showed no such restraint. He wrote on Twitter, "BJP sweeps #MiraBhayander Municipal Election-Disaster of #ShivSena hope now BandraSupremo will accept Reality & Respect PM Modi CM Fadnavis (sic)".

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won all five seats from Greater Mumbai, which is part of the MMR, with the BJP getting three.

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