Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are battling with each other to win elections to the 95-seat Mira Bhaindar Municipal Corporation (MBMC). Counting of votes is underway.
The election was held on Sunday.
The MBMC polls are quite significant for the political parties that want to keep a share in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region with them.
As per the projections, the BJP, which fought from 54 seats, is ahead on 29 seats. Whereas the NCP, whose ties were severed with Congress ahead of the polls, seems to be winning 24 seats. The daughter of NCP’s Gilbert Mendosa, meanwhile, has registered a victory.
In a major blow to Congress, which has managed to be ahead on 19 seats even after contesting on all the 95 seats, MBMC mayor Tulsidas Mhatre’s son, Vikas Mhatre, faced defeat.
The Shiv Sena, which contested 36 seats, is said to ahead on 14. The Republican Party of India (Athawale), alliance partner of the BJP and Shiv Sena, contested five seats.
Voting was conducted at 669 voting centers and a total of 516 contested the polls. Elections to the MBMC recorded a 52 percent turnout.