Mumbai, February 15: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections will be held in Mumbai on February 21 and the counting will be commenced on February 23. The results will be declared on the same day. As the date for polling is approaching, political parties are all set for the elections. Officially, the state election commission had declared a holiday on February 21, which is Tuesday and corporate firms across Mumbai are likely to keep flexible timings, so as to ensure a larger voter turnout. The BMC is India’s richest civic body.Also Read - Mumbai Metro Revises Operation Hours, Increases Frequency From Monday | Check Timings

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BMC Elections 2017: Key Constituencies

The political battle for the BMC elections 2017 has intensified across the city, with only a week left for polling. In
Mumbai there are 227 wards but there are some 20 seats (wards) which will mark several political careers and significantly shape the political discourse in Mumbai. The results for these 20 constituencies will also set a new direction for new vote block identification and force political parties to calibrate their strategies for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Political experts consider that the Maharashtra civic polls along with the BMC poll 2017 is a semi-final and the final will be in 2019. Also Read – BMC Elections 2017: Shiv Sena inking pacts with parties that Balasaheb Thackeray fought against, says Devendra Fadnavis Also Read - Manmohan Singh Health Update: Former Prime Minister's Condition Stable, Says AIIMS Official

Here are some key constituencies for BMC elections 2017:

Ward no – 1 – Dahisar
Ward no – 11 – Magathane
Ward no – 29 – Kandivali
Ward no – 50 – Goregaon
Ward no – 60 – Versova
Ward no – 69 – Andheri West
Ward no – 81 – Andheri East
Ward no – 84 – Vile Parle
Ward no – 101 – Bandra West
Ward no – 167 – Kurla
Ward no – 112 – Bhandup
Ward no – 118 – Vikhroli
Ward no – 131 – Ghatkopar East
Ward no – 144 – Anushakti Nagar
Ward no – 176 – Sion Koliwada
Ward no – 191 – Mahim
Ward no – 203 – Sewree
Ward no – 211- Madanpura
Ward no – 223 – Mumbadevi
Ward no – 227 – Colaba

BMC Elections 2017: Key candidates

Tejaswini Ghosalkar: In Ward no 1, Dahisar, Tejashwini Ghosalkar, wife of sitting corporator Abhishek Ghosalkar has been fielded by Shiv Sena to retain its bastion. Tejaswini is the daughter-in-law of Shiv Sena strongman and ex-MLA Vinod Ghosalkar.

Prakash Darekar: In ward no 11, Magathane, BJP has fielded an important candidate, Prakash Darekar, to lure Marathi vote. Prakash Darekar is a brother of Praveen Darekar (former MLA) who was poached from MNS and was also given a Legislative Council seat.

Sagar Singh Thakur: In ward no 29, Kandivali, the BJP has fielded Sagar Singh Thakur, son of ex-MLA Ramesh Thakur. It is a prestigious battle for Thakur as he has recently defected from Congress ahead of the election.

Deepak Thakur: In ward no 50, Goregaon, Deepak Thakur son of MLA Vidya Thakur is contesting on BJPs ticket against Shiv Sena shakha pramukh Dinesh Rao.

Jyotsna Dighe: In ward no 60, Versova, Congress leader Narayan Rane loyalist, Jyotsna Dighe has already broken teh Shiv Sena hegemony in 2012, and she is back in the fray.

Renu Hansraj: Ward no 69, Andheri West, will see an interesting battle as an independent candidate Renu Hansraj is backed by some of the residents association.

Murji Patel and Kesharben Murji Patel: Andheri East assembly segment has been largely dominated by Congress and Shiv Sena. BJP is trying to break it by importing husband-wife duo of Murji Patel and Kesharben Murji Patel for 2 neighbouring wards 76 and 81.

Veena Bhagwat: In ward no 84, Shiv Sena has opted for Veena Bhagwat, a well-known educationalist who fought on MNS ticket in 2012 and was narrowly beaten by Shiv Sena’s Shubhada Patkar.

Asif Zakaria of Congress: Ward no 101, Asif Zakaria of Congress is the favourite but BJP is trying a unique experiment to dislodge the Congress from here. Congress party had a strong pull on the Christian vote in Mumbai and BJP is trying hard to break this dominance, starting from this ward.

Dilshad Azmi: In Kurla, ward no 167, there is an ultimate battle for the Muslim vote. Corporator Dilshad Azmi moved over from SP and is now contesting on congress ticket.

Sakshi Dalvi: Lok Sabha member, Kirit Somaiya’s trusted aide, Deepak Dalvi’s wife Sakshi Dalvi is fighting from this seat and this battle has become an honour for Shiv Sena’s Jayshri Patil.

Mangesh Sangle: Ward no 118 of Vikhroli, has a large population of Dalits. BJP has poached MNS’ ex-Corporator and ex-MLA from Vikhroli, Mangesh Sangale who has been fielded from this seat.

Mangal Bhanushali: Ghatkopar ward no 131 will provide a peek into Shiv Sena’s success or failure in the upcoming BMC elections in attracting Gujarati votes. Shiv Sena has put some effort and has given a ticket to BJP turncoat, Mangal Bhanushali from this ward. Also, ward no 132 will see an interesting battle as Congress has projected former BJP leader Pravin Cheda facing off builder Parag Shah, the richest candidate of Mumbai.

BJP leader Bablu Panchal and his wife Anita Panchal are contesting from ward no 141 and 144, Anushakti Nagar. In ward no 176 – Sion Koliwada – Congress seems to be the first choice and 4-times Congress corporation Ravi Raja is again contesting from the safest seat. Rais Shaikh from Madanpura (ward 211) has now become one of the famous face of Samajwadi Party. In ward, no 223 (Mumbadevi region), will give a direction to the Muslim vote in Mumbai and it will be a good barometer to assess AIMIM growth. AIMIM has fielded ex-Congress Corporator Waqarunnisa Ansari from this ward. Also, the political battle in Colaba continues right till the last ward, which has thrown up an interesting field. Colaba has been such a big Congress bastion that it was the only seat in Mumbai not won by BJP-SS in 1995 assembly elections.

BMC Elections 2017: Political parties

The major political parties contesting BMC polls are Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and others.

BMC Elections 2017: Number of candidates fielded by each party

Shiv Sena – contesting on 227 seats
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) + RPI + others – contesting on 211 seats (BP – 195 and 32 seats for its allies)
Congress – contesting on 221 seats
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) – is contesting on 201 seats
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – on 171 seats
Samajwadi Party (SP) – will fight for 76 candidates
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) – is contesting on 56 seats
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – is fighting on 109 seats.
Communist Party of India CPI (M) – has fielded 10 candidates
Communist Party Marxist (CPM) – has fielded 11 candidates
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) – has fielded 3 candidates
Janata Dal (S) – has fielded 10 candidates

BMC Elections 2017: Total number of candidates

In Mumbai, a total number of 2,275 candidates, which include 1,190 males, 1,084 females and one transgender, are in the fray for the 227 seats of BMC. The final list released by the state election commission says, 13 political parties will slug it out to make it to the power corridors of BMC.

BMC Elections Results 2017: February 23

In the BMC, a 227-member general body, Shiv Sena currently has 75 corporators. The BJP has 32, the Congress has 52, MNS 28, NCP 13 and SP 9 with others. This time it will be interesting to watch the BJP contesting this election on its own as there is no tie-up with old ally Shiv Sena.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Elections 2017:

Voting: February 21, in one phase.
Results: February 23.