BJP, Sena pull out all stops for Bhandup civic bypoll

The ruling partners in the state government, the BJP and the Shiv Sena, went all out in an attempt to wrench a municipal corporator seat in Bhandup from Congress in a by-election on Wednesday.

The electoral ward number 116 seat became vacant after first-time Congress corporator Pramila Patil passed away in April following a heart attack. Patil was the wife of Kamlakar Patil, who was a corporator from 1992-97. Patil’s son joined the BJP recently and his wife contested the by-election on a BJP ticket.

It is learnt that the BJP has put all efforts to get the seat as it will help it increase the number tally in the BMC. The BJP is just two numbers short of the Sena’s tally in the BMC. Shiv Sena too deployed its senior leaders in the area to campaign for its candidate.

While Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena contested the poll, MNS chose to sit out. Four Independent candidates too are in the fray. It is believed that MNS will provide back-door support to the Sena candidate. The counting will be done on Thursday. Around 19,296 out of the total 38,105 (50.64 %) voters came out for polling at 29 booths on Wednesday.