Formerly known as the Bombay South Lok Sabha Constituency, the Mumbai South Lok Sabha Constituency is one of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
In the 2014 elections, the BJP-Shiv Sena candidate, Arvind Sawant defeated the then Union Minister of State for Communications Milind Deora by a margin of 128148 votes.
Arvind garnered 374780 votes, while Deora had to contend with 246632 votes only. Bala Nandgaonkar of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) came third with 84864 votes.
This was a major turn around for the BJP-Shiv Sena as the Congress-NCP combine had won the previous two elections from this constituency. The situation this time around is quite tricky. The Shiv Sena has indicated that it would go alone, while the Congress and NCP have decided to battle it together in Maharashtra. Analysts say that if the BJP and Shiv Sena end up fielding separate candidates here, then it could well hurt both the parties and hand over the advantage to the Congress-NCP.
The total number of voters in the Mumbai South Lok Sabha Constituency according to Election Commission of India 2009 data is 1,589,811 of which 904,733 are male and 685,078 are female. This seat consists of six Vidhan Sabha segments.
Sawant has a good track record in the Parliament with an attendance percentage of 98. He has taken part in 277 debates and asked 458 questions.