The new ward boundaries and maps were announced by the State Election Commission on October 3. Almost, all ward boundaries have changed and it is an uphill task for the incumbent corporator to fight for another term owing to newer area boundaries added in their existing wards or in some cases the ward being split into two parts or four parts. However, in all this, the Shiv Sena seems to have got the clear advantage vis-a-vis the other parties in Mumbai.
A ward-wise analysis of all sitting corporators vis-à-vis the new ward constitution after delimitation shows that while four administrative wards that are the party’s mainstay areas have been unaffected, four more administrative wards with a majority Sena presence will see an increase in electoral seats. This is likely to help position the party, which currently has 75 corporators in the BMC, to improve its numbers.
In some of the northern suburbs, where the Sena has a major stakehold, electoral seats are set to increase from the existing 44 to 51. These include four administrative wards of R North (Dahisar), P North (Malad), P South (Goregaon) and L ward (Kurla). The party’s other bastions comprising K East (Jogeshwari, Andheri), F North (Sion, Matunga), F South (Parel), and G North (Dadar, Mahim) have been unaffected by the delimitation process.
Unlike in the 2012 polls when the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ate into several Sena votes, any threats from the Raj Thackeray-led party this time are likely to be contained as the party struggles to stay afloat. In the last BMC polls, the MNS pointedly chipped into the Sena’s vote share, sweeping its home turf of Dadar and Mahim, to get 28 of its corporators elected. However, in the following Lok Sabha and assembly elections, the party was decimated, losing all seats it contested in the former, and reducing its tally from 13 to a single MLA in the latter.
Mumbai has 24 administrative wards with each of them having multiple councilor wards, totalling 227.