Mumbai, February 22: With few hours left for the results of Brihanmumbai Mahanagar Palika (BMC) results there are several speculations about the outcome of polls which was held on Tuesday (February 21) after Mumbai recorded a high voter turnout of 55.28 per cent. According to Zee 24 Taas exit poll prediction, there is a tough fight between Shiv Sena and BJP. The Shiv Sena is predicted to win 90-96 seats, BJP is expected to win 78-82 seats and the Congress is likely to win 27-30 seats in the BMC civic polls, said Zee 24 Taas report.Also Read - Mumbai Metro Revises Operation Hours, Increases Frequency From Monday | Check Timings
The Exit polls predict it will be a close contest between the Shiv Sena and the BJP, with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena, which has been ruling the countries richest civic body for last 25 years, leading by a slight margin. If the exit poll turns right then there are chances of Hung house in BMC. This year the BJP and Shiv Sena contested the elections without forming an alliance. Also Read - Will Consider, Says Rahul Gandhi On Request Of Senior Leaders To Become Congress President
Also the India Today exit poll survey indicated a close contest. The Shiv Sena who contested elections on all 227 seats of the BMC was predicted to get 86 to 92 seats and the BJP was a close second with 80 to 88 seats. The exit polls, further predicted that the Congress would be in the third position with 30 to 34 seats. Also Read - 40 Furniture Godowns Gutted in Fire in Bhiwandi, no Casualty | Watch
Both the polls analysed that the fight between Sena and the BJP will be tough and there could be a Hung house in BMC. Which means that the Sena had consolidated its Marathi support base, almost ending MNS’ influence on Marathi voters in the city. Some reports suggest that there are high chances that Sena would benefit from the polarised contest with the BJP.
Also, the biggest beneficiary could be the BJP after non-formation of alliance with Shiv Sena. The strength in BMC could go up from 31 to around 80 seats. If it happens than the BJP could pose a serious challenge to replace the Sena as the largest party in Mumbai’s future.
The exit polls also mean that the two parties will have to come together after poll since no party would get a clear majority to run the civic body. Such a verdict would mean rounds of a tough round of negotiations before they arrive at a power sharing formula.
In Mumbai there were 2,275 candidates in 227 municipal wards in the fray and the vote was expected to be a referendum on the BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis government. As the battle four BMC became a four-way contest, each parties are looking at these elections with an eye on the 2019 assembly polls.