Setback For Shiv Sena-Cong In Bhiwandi Mayor Polls, 18 Cong Corporators Vote For BJP

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BJP trumped the Shiv Sena-Congress alliance on Thursday, by supporting Konark Vikas Aghadi mayor candidate Pratibha Patil in the Bhiwandi Mayor polls.

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Update at 6:45 PM

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In the first shock to the Maha Vikas Aghadi, BJP trumped the Shiv Sena-Congress alliance on Thursday, by supporting Konark Vikas Aghadi mayor candidate Pratibha Patil in the Bhiwandi Mayor polls. Sources say that while Congress (47 seats) and Shiv Sena (12 seats) had the numbers to trump the BJP (19 seats) in the city, 18 Congress corporators refused to support the Sena-Congress alliance and voted for the BJP's choice instead. Due to the sudden shift in allegiance, Congress'pick Rishika Raka managed to get 41 votes compared to Pratibha Patil who managed to get 49 votes in the 90 seat Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation. 

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Here is the seat split in Bhiwandi Mayor polls:

  • Congress : 47, Shiv Sena : 12  -- Combined total : 59
  • BJP: 19, KVA : 11, Independent: 1 -- Combined total : 31

Final results :

  • Pratibha Patil - 31 + 18 Congress -- 49 votes
  • Rishika Rakha - 41 votes

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