BJP landslide in Mira Bhayander Municipal elections; Shiv Sena, Congress routed

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Continuing its winning spree in local bodies polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday swept the elections to Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC), while its ally Shiv Sena suffered a huge setback. 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 Congress on the other hand managed to secure a total of 10 seats in the municipal corporation.

This year in February, the BJP jumped from 31 seats in 2012 to 82 in the elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Sena won 84.

The residents of Mira-Bhayandar had yesterday dared heavy rains to come out and vote for 94 of 95 of seats of the civic body. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could not open its account. Two seats have been secured by independent candidates.

While BJP is contesting the polls along with Republican Party of India (RPI) led by Union Minister of State Ramdas Athawale, Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are contesting the polls separately.

The Shiv Sena was way behind at second position with 22 seats. In the municipal elections in nine other cities in February 2017 also, the BJP was the single largest party in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Amravati, Akola, Solapur and Ulhasnagar.

According to IE report, the BJP contested for 90 seats while four seats had been given to RPI. He wrote on Twitter, "BJP sweeps #MiraBhayander Municipal Election-Disaster of #ShivSena hope now BandraSupremo will accept Reality & Respect PM Modi CM Fadnavis (sic)". While Shelar shied away from mentioning the name, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya went full throttle at the Shiv Sena. Moreover, Shiv Sena has fielded candidates in all the seats, Congress in 75 and NCP in 67. "I ensure the citizens of Mira Bhayander that the developmental works that through medium of Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation, we would hasten then work and fulfil people's wishes and expectations".

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