Mumbai: The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance on Monday won the Palghar Municipal Council Election 2019 by bagging 21 out of 28 seats. The remaining seven were won by Independents (Shiv Sena rebels), who got five and two seats were grabbed by the Nationalist Congress Party. A total of 47,850 voters cast their ballots.
The post of Palghar Municipal Council president went to Shiv Sena’s Dr Ujjwala Kale.
While the BJP contested on eight seats, Shiv Sena fielded candidates for 18 seats. The alliance had already won two seats unopposed. Shiv Sena candidates won 14 out of 17 seats, whereas BJP candidates bagged seven out of nine.
The outcome of the polls was keenly watched by the BJP-Sena alliance as the election was considered as a litmus test for both the coalition partners ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
While the Sena contested on 19 seats, the BJP fielded candidates for eight seats. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Youth Sena President Aaditya Thackeray had jointly campaigned for the candidates. Addressing a gathering, Thackeray had said, “This is perhaps the first time that a chief minister is campaigning for Palghar civic polls.”
The Palghar Municipal Council went to polls on Sunday. People cast their votes from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and no untoward incident was reported.