BJP’s Gopal Shetty orders 3,000 kg sweets in anticipation of LS victory

BJP's Gopal Shetty orders 3,000 kg sweets in anticipation of LS victory
The incumbent Shetty, who was up against Congress’ Urmila Matondkar for Mumbai-North seat, increased the order from 2,000 to 3,000 kg after the exit polls were declared

In a supremely confident move, incumbent BJP MP Gopal Shetty has called for the preparation of 3,000 kg sweets in anticipation of his victory, two days before the results of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections are officially announced.

A sweet maker from Borivali initially secured the order for the preparation of 1,500 to 2,000 kg sweets from the veteran leader.

The order was later changed to 3,000 kg after the exit polls were announced, the shopkeeper told ANI, adding that the sweets will be distributed in temples and given to anyone who is present during the Shetty’s victory parade on Thursday.

The pictures of the preparation were tweeted by ANI earlier today. Interestingly, even the workers making the confectionery were seen wearing masks depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Sweet shop workers prepare sweets in Borivali, Mumbai ahead of #LokSabhaElections2019 results on 23rd May. Shop owner says,”We’ve received an order of 1500-2000 kg sweets from BJP’s Gopal Shetty (Mumbai North LS candidate). Workers are excited, so they’re wearing Modi ji’s masks,” the tweet read.

At nearly 60 percent turnout, Mumbai-North constituency witnessed the highest voter turnout in the city in the 2019 polls. The two main contenders for the seat were Shetty and Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who fought on a Congress ticket.

Despite her first election, political observers said Matondkar put up a tough fight and might have been successful in swaying voters away from the BJP. However, most exit polls have predicted a comfortable win for Shetty.

The constituency, regarded as a BJP stronghold, was created in 2008 after the delimitation process. It comprises of six Assembly seats – Borivali, Dahisar, Magathane, Kandivali East, Charkop & Malad West. All, except Malad West, are held by BJP-Sena alliance.

Mumbai-North was once considered a bastion of BJP’s Ram Naik, who won it five times between 1989 and 2004. He was finally defeated by Govinda, fielded by Congress, by a margin of 48,000 votes in 2004.

In 2009, Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam defeated Naik by a margin of 6,000 votes. However, BJP returned to power in 2014 after Shetty, a former MLA from Borivali, defeated Nirupam by over 4.45 lakh votes in 2014.

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