Counting of votes in the elections for BMC and nine other municipal corporations is underway. Elections for the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took place on Tuesday and counting of votes began on Thursday. Voter turnout hit a record 55 per cent, the strongest response to a civic poll in the city in 25 years. What makes this year polls more interesting is that long time allies – BJP and Shiv Sena have parted their ways and contested against each other furiously.
This year poll marks a great significance for both Shiv Sena and BJP. Shiv Sena has been enjoying a great run in BMC polls for the past 20 years. They are challenged for the first time by BJP in this years elections and they have used all their might and strength to continue its political hold in Mumbai.
The polls are also a matter of honour for chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and also the BJP as a whole as the results might influence the on going UP elections.
Sources say that both Shiv Sena and BJP might win around 100-110 seats out of 227 seats.