The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has inched closer to Shiv Sena’s tally in the Mumbai civic body after its nominee won the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bypoll from Bhandup on Thursday.
According to BMC officials, BJP candidate Jagruti Patel polled 11,129 votes in ward no. 116, while the Sena nominee, Minakshi Patil, got 6,337 votes.
Patel’s convincing victory, with a gap of 4,792 votes, has taken BJP’s tally in the 227-member BMC to 82. Sena, on the other hand, continues to lead with 84 seats.
The by-elections were conducted following the untimely demise of Congress corporator Pramila Patil on April 25. The party had fielded Pramila Singh as its candidate this time, but failed to retain its seat.
The election was held on Wednesday and saw an aggressive campaign by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena.
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