New Delhi: Counting of votes for the single-phase elections in Maharashtra was held across the state with the BJP-Shiv Sena combine all set to continue for another five-year term in office. (Click here for all Maharashtra Assembly Election news).
Overall, it was good news for the saffron party alliance as all its candidates were victorious from the following seats: Belapur, Borivali, Dahisar, Magathane, Mulund and Vikhroli.
The BJP’s Manda Vijay Mhatre, a state minister who won from Belapur in 2014 polls, was victorious yet again from the constituency. The high-profile Borivali seat, which was won by state minister Vinod Tawde in 2014, this time had a new winner but from the same party as Sunil Rane won for the party from the said constituency. Chaudhary Manisha Ashoka made it a hattrick for the party, retaining her Dahisar seat which she won in the previous state polls.
Magathane seat, which was won by Shiv Sena’s Prakash Surve in 2014, saw the MLA repeat his feat. Koteka Chandrakat and Sunil Raut, too, won from Mulund and Vikhroli respectively, completing a great day for the two parties on the six seats.
Meanwhile, the post of Chief Minister is likely to be a bone of contention between the BJP and the Sena as the latter’s chief Uddhav Thackeray has made it clear that he wants the BJP to implement the 50-50 formula that the two parties had earlier agreed upon.
His remarks came in the aftermath of his son and party scion Aaditya Thackeray registering a victory from Worli in what was the debut polls for a member of the Thackeray family.