Bhandup By-election Results: BJP's Jagruti Patil Wins By

Henrietta Brewer
October 13, 2017

BJP candidate Jagruti Patil emerged victorious in the BMC bypoll in Ward No. 116 in Bhandup on Thursday, polling 11,129 votes and beating nearest rival Minakshi Patil of the Shiv Sena by a margin of 4,792 votes.

A BMC official said the seat left vacant in Ward No. 21 following the death of BJP corporator Shailaja Girkar last month is still technically counted as belonging to the BJP as a bypoll has not yet been held.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena, who secured 82 and 84 seats respectively in the BMC elections in the month of February, are both trying to raise their tally.

The by-election in ward number 116 was necessitated after the death of Congress corporator Pramila Patil on April 25. Sitting Congress corporator Pramila Patil (pictured) from ward No. 116 (Bhandup) died after suffering cardiac arrest. Along with gains in local elections across the state, it consolidated the party's position in the state, which for years played junior partner to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. The Sena fielded Meenakshi Patil, wife of MLA Ashok Patil, against her.

The Mumbai BJP chief, while thanking the voters, said, "Tall claims were made in the Bhandup by-election but voters voted in favour of BJP".

The Bhandup by-poll assumed significance for both the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as both are leaving no stone unturned to become the single largest party in the BMC.

With the victory, the BJP's tally in the 227-member BMC has risen to 83; the Sena's strength remains at 84. Congress candidate Pramila Singh came a distant third.

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