Maharashtra: BJP registers thumping victory in Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation poll
With 61 seats, the BJP registered a thumping victory in the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation elections 2017. The saffron party left the Shiv Sena and Congress at a distant second and third sweeping 61 of the 95 seats.
The Shiv Sena managed to win 22 seats while the Congress won merely 10 seats. The biggest setback came to Sharad Pawar's NCP that failed to win a single seat. In 2012, the NCP had won 27 seats and this time around, failed to open an account. Two independent candidates also win one seat each in the civic body elections.
It was a landslide victory for the BJP in an election that was touted to be a four-way fight. The civic body elections registered a voter turnout of 47 per cent. 509 candidates contested for 95 seats in the election that was held on Sunday. The BJP has now registered a clear majority and is on its way to lead the civic body that is currently headed by a Sena-BJP combine.
Before the current regime, the civic body was a Congress-NCP bastion but the tables have now turned in BJP;s favour. From a coalition partner in the previous term, the saffron party is now the single largest party in Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation. BJP's push to enforce an eight-day meat ban during the Jain festival of Paryushan had shot the civic body to national headlines last year.
Out of the nine civic corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sena-BJP combine rules the Kalyan civic body. 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. Apart from Panvel, Ulhasnagar and Vasai-Virar corporations, the BJP now also rules MBMC.