BJP defeats Shiv Sena in BMC bypoll

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The BJP narrowed its tally gap with Shiv Sena in the Mumbai civic body as its nominee on Thursday won the BMC bypoll from Bhandup, beating the bickering ally’s candidate by 4,792 votes.

The BJP candidate, Jagruti Patel, polled 11,129 votes in ward no 116, while the Sena nominee, Minakshi Patil, got 6,337 votes, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

The byelection was necessitated after the death of Congress corporator Pramila Patil on April 25.

With the latest victory, the BJP’s tally in the 227-member BMC has risen to 82, while that of the Sena remains at 84.

The election was held on Wednesday and saw an aggressive campaign by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena. The Congress had fielded Pramila Singh as its candidate.