Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Elections 2017 Live Updates: There was a lot at stake for both Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party. While for the most part of the day, it looked like Shiv Sena may run away with a majority for one more time, BJP made a solid comeback towards the end of the day finishing with 82 seats against Sena’s 84 seats. As none of the parties were able to clear the 114-majority mark, it is still unclear who will govern the most important and the richest municipal corporation in Asia. BJP Mumbai Chief Ashish Shelar has declared party’s win on 82 seats and has appealed to 4 other corporators to lend support to the party. However, one cannot rule out the possibility of a Sena-BJP alliance once again.
Here are the updates for BMC Election Result 2017:
11:30 PM: Following its debacle in the elections to the 10 civic bodies of Maharashtra, the Congress on Thursday vowed to rebuild the cadre in the state. It was a huge setback for the Congress which ruled the state for 15 years till 2014 in alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party. The Shiv Sena, with 84 of the 227 seats, finished on top of a hung Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation but the Bharatiya Janata Party, with 82, said it could take control of India’s richest civic body with the backing of at least four independents. The Congress trailed at a distant third in Mumbai with 31 seats.
10:20 PM: Unwilling to accept the drubbing during the Maharashtra civic polls, Congress leader Ashok Chavan said, “BJP won Maharashtra civic polls by misusing power and money, it’s more a result of their malpractice than merit.”
9:25 PM: BJP leader, Uma Bharti said that BJP and Shiv Sena’s love for each other is very old and hence a result will come out of this love. “BJP aur Shiv Sena ka toh bohot purana pyaar hai, iss pyaar se koi na koi parinaam nikal hi aayga, said Bharti.
8: 30 PM: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to reacted to the election results today and said, “I congratulate Shiv Sena for getting a lead in the Mumbai civic elections today.”
8: 20 PM: NCP leader Supriya Sule said, The results of the civic polls in Maharashtra were a “setback” to the party as it lost three municipal corporations and a zilla parishad to the BJP. “It is definitely a setback and we need to introspect and rebuild our party,” she said.
8: 00 PM: Taking to social media in the evening was FM Arun Jaitley who said, “Congratulations to BJP karyakartas & people of Maharashtra for an emphatic victory of BJP in the Maharashtra Civic polls 2017.” He added, “Congress’ washout from national political scene is a natural outcome of a decade in scandals coupled with its disruptive role in Parliament. The downfall of the Congress is so evident that even the SP was wondering if it was worth contesting 103 seats in the UP elections.”
7:25 PM: BJP is unwavering in the resolve to serve Maharashtra with unparalleled diligence, transparency & taking the state to even greater heights.
Through hardwork, determination & work on the ground, BJP is now a strong force both in urban & rural Maharashtra. Congrats to Karyakartas.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 23, 2017
7:24 PM: It has been a great start to 2017! First the unprecedented support in Odisha & now the overwhelming blessings from people of Maharashtra.
7:21 PM: Not only Mumbai mayor, but next Chief Minister will also be from Shivsena: Uddhav Thackeray
7:01 PM: BJP’s Atul Shah won ward no. 220 of BMC after lottery in presence of Municipal Commissioner.
7: 02 PM: BJP’s Atul Shah and Surendra Bagalkar got equal votes again after recounting. Decision will be taken by lottery.
6:30 PM: Party Chief Udhhav Thackeray believes that Shiv Sena did a commendable job despite the Maharashtra government being against it. He said the Sena won minority dominated wards and it is time to celebrate with sweets.
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6:15 PM: The tie between Bagalkar and Shah in ward 220 will be decided by a lottery.
6:06 PM: Fadnavis has cleared that he won’t accept Mundey’s resignation and also revealed that BJP lost very close contest in nearly 20 seats. Shaina NC has cleared that BJP has the support of 4 independent corporators and the mayor will be from the party.
5:56 PM: “This is a big vote in favour of PM Narendra Modi’s ‘note bandi’ drive”, says CM Fadnavis. He added that this is a huge victory for BJP on the agenda of transparency. Talking about Pankaja Mundey’s resignation he said winning and losing is a part of the elections.
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5:52 PM: Here is what CM Devendra Fadnavis had to say:
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5:48 PM: “This huge victory for BJP is on the agenda of transparency,” says Devendra Fadnavis.
5:45 PM: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has thanked the people of Maharashtra for showing great support in Bharatiya Janata Party and said that the victory was only possible because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guidance.
5:40 PM: Here is what Prakash Javadekar had to say about BJP’s brilliant show:
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5:38 PM: Ashish Shelar has dedicated the win to Mumbaikars. He believes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guidance made it possible.
5:35 PM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadvanvis is addressing the media with Mumbai BJP Chief Ashish Shelar.
5:27 PM: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says it is a big win for BJP and the people of Mumbai have decided to get rid of Congress. He believes that the same approach will reflect in the UP, Goa and Uttarakhand Assembly elections.
5:25 PM: Celebrations have started at BJP’s office and the party workers felicitated the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis:
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5:20 PM: BJP leader Kirti Somaiya is exteremly happy with his party’s performance. “Shiv Sena and Congress joined hands even before the elections. In UP, too, Congress joined hands with SP. Will Congress now help Shiv Sena just to stop Mumbai BJP?” he said.
5:10 PM: BJP chief Ashish Shelar celebrating outside the party office in Mumbai:
4:45 PM: Shiv Sena workers celebrating outside Uddhav Thackeray’s house at Matoshree:
4:33 PM: Sanjay Nirupam has bashed his party members for the heavy defeat in BMC polls. “Some big leaders within party deliberately made statements on party’s work&me.This result is outcome of their anti party campaigns,” Nirupam said.
4:30 PM: Here is the list of winners for Shiv Sena
4:26 PM: List of winners for BJP:
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4:21 PM: List of winners for Congress:Asha
Asha Koparkar Sushma Kamlesh Rai
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4:17 PM: BJP Mumbai Chief Ashish Shelar has declared party’s win on 82 seats and has appealed to 4 other corporators to lend support to the party.
4:10 PM: According to the final tally, Shiv Sena has finished on the first spot with 84 seats. Here are the final numbers:
Shiv Sena – 84
BJP – 82
Congress – 31
NCP – 9
MNS – 7
Others – 14
4:01 PM: After BJP’s poor performance in Parli where they have lost 8 out of 10 seats, leader Pankaja Mude offers to resign.
3:56 PM: Here are the results from Sion- Antop Hill- Wadala:172, 177, 174 BJP
BJP has won in ward number 172, 177 and 174.
Shiv Sena has won in 173, 175, 178 and 180.
Congress has won in 176, 179 and 181.
3:54 PM: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam says he will continue to work for the party despite resigning from the party president’s post. “I accept the decision of people of Mumbai. I will keep working for the party,” he said.
3:52 PM: Meanwhile in Pune, BJP is leading in 77 seats, Shiv Sena on 10, NCP in 44 and Congress is ahead on 16 wards.
3:45 PM: According to the latest reports Shiv Sena has won 84 seats, BJP has won 80 seats. Congress has won in 31 wards while MNS has won in 9 wards. MIM wins in seat and NCP has won in 9 seats.
3:42 PM: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is happy with BJP’s performance and congratulated party workers. “For the first time BJP has got such unprecedented success. I congratulate Maharashtra CM &BJP workers,” he said.
3:33 PM: Results from Borivali is out:
Congress has won in ward 9
BJP in ward no 10, 13-17
Sena in 11, 12 and 18
3:30 PM: Meanwhile, BJP continues to dominate Nagpur Municipal Corporation. After the counting in 72 wards out of 151: BJP – 54, Congress-14, BSP – 4.
3:25 PM: More updates coming from South Mumbai, Kandivali:
Ward No 19 – Shiv Sena
Wards 20 to 24 to the BJP
Ward 25 to the Sena
Ward 26 to the BJP
Ward 27 result pending
Ward 28 to the Congress
Wards 29 to 31 to the BJP
3:22 PM: Loud celebrations are going on in Dadar an Matoshree:
3:20 PM: The results of 199 seats have come out:
Shiv Sena is at the number 1 spot with 77 seats.
BJP is on second with 69 seats.
Congress is leading on 27 seats.
NCP is at 4th with 8 seats.
MNS is having a very bad day with just 4 seats.
MIM has won 4 seats so far.
3:16 PM: Current mayor Snehal Ambekar has won from ward 198. In ward no 194, Sena rebel Mahesh Sawant has defeated Sena candidate Samadhan Sarvankar, son of local Sena legislator Sada Sarvankar, and MNS’s sitting corporator Santosh Dhuri.
3:12 PM: Here are the latest updates from Chembur:
BJP has won in 149, 151, 152, 154
Congress has won in 150
Shiv Sena has won in 153 and 155
3:06 PM: As the BMC is heading towards for a hung mandate, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya says that the party will do anything for the development for Mumbaikars. “Transparency and Development should be the common agenda. Will do anything for the well being and development of Mumbaikars, he said.
3:03 PM: Sitting Congress corportaor Asif Zakaria has defeated BJP candidate Deryk Talker in ward 101.
2:57 PM: Currently, Shiv Sena is leading in 93 seats while BJP has pciked up and is leading in 77 seats. NCP is leading in just 7 seats while MNS is ahead on 10 wards.
2:55 PM: Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra Minister and senior BJP leader: “We are the true representatives of people because we connect with people in all the cities. People are confident that BJP will tackle issues of transport. Sanjay Raut said we won’t get even 40 seats but we have got 77. We have got sweeping majority even in Marathi areas.”
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2:45 PM: Even though Shiv Sena is set to take the top spot, it is a big win for BJP as well who is set to win almost double the seats from what they won last time in an alliance with Shiv Sena.
2:38 PM: Latest updates coming from Malad:
Congress has won in wards 32, 33, 34 and 48. BJP has won in wards 35, 46, 47. Shiv Sena has won in ward 49.
2:35 PM: You can watch all the live updates from Pune polls here:
2:31 PM: Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde believes people have awarded the party for its good work. “We don’t work to take credit. We work to give people resources they deserve. In Mumbai and Thane, Shiv Sena is there for common people during their happy and sad times. People have rewarded shiv sena for that,” he said.
2:25 PM: Currently, Shiv Sena is leading on 93 seats and suddenly there is a twist as BJP now leads in 73 seats. There could be a situation where none of the parties are able to get the majority.
2:22 PM: Here are the numbers so far:
Shi Sena leads in 94 seats
BJP leads in 61 seats
Congress leads in 22 seats
MNS leads in 11 seats
2:19 PM: Celebrations are going on outside the Sena Bhavan:
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2:10 PM: More pictures of celebrations from Matoshree:
2:07 PM: Shiv Sena have already won 59 seats so far, while BJP has won 35 seats. On the other hand, Congress has won just 17 setas and leads in another 10 seats.
2:04 PM: In an interesting contest, Shiv Sena sitting corporator Surendra Bagalkar and BJP spokesperson and candidate Atul Shah got equal number of votes in war 220. While BJP legislator Pravin Darekar’s brother Prakash Darekar has lost from ward 11.
2:01 PM: Meanwhile BJP has started celebrating in Pune:
1:56 PM: MIM candidate Gulnaz Qureshi won in ward 92 in H east ward. Currently, Shiv Sena is leading in 93 seats, BJP on 68 and Congress on 22.
1:53 PM: Shiv Sena leader Haji Mohammed Halim Khan wins from ward number 96.
1:49 PM: Senior Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut has slammed the missing names from the voter list. “12 lakh voters name missing is nothing but a conspiracy. Majority of these were marathi voters,” he said.
1:47 PM: Congress leader Milind Deora hits at Mumbai people for voting against Congress:
Conclusion one can draw from BMC election results is that Mumbaikars seem content living with potholes, flooding, malaria & water tankers
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) February 23, 2017
1:43 PM: Shiv Sena workers have started celebrating outside the Sena Bhavan in Dadar:
1:38 PM: Sanjay Nirupma says that Congress has accepted people’s verdict. He blasted other leaders by saying that there is no unity in the party and he alone, cannot make the party win.
“There are people who consider themselves bigger than the party. Hence it is a disappointing result for us. In a party, people need to stand together and that’s not happening.”- said Nirupam.
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1:34 PM: Even though Shiv Sena is leading on more seats, BJP has won 12 seats so far while 7 win conformations are coming in for Sena. On the other hand, MNS currenlt leads in just 10 seats.
1:31 PM: Here are the latest results from Byculla E ward:
211- SP (Rais Shaikh )
212- Akhil Bhartiya Sena (Geeta Gawli)
1:28 PM: According to the latest reports, there is a tension in the Congress camp as the senior leaders have started blaming each other for the poor show in the BMC polls. It has been a total wipe out for them so far.
1:25 PM: NCP’s Rakhi Jadhav has defeated Shiv Sena’s Mangal Bhanushali and BJP’s Bhalchandra Shirsat in ward 131.
1:22 PM: Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has offered to resign after accepting the responsibility for the defeat. Congress is currently leading on just 11 seats.
1:20 PM: The results from Mumbai East so far:
Shiv Sena – 6 seats
Samajwadi Party – 5 seats
BJP – 1 seat
Congress – 1 seat
MIM – 1 seat
1:16 PM: There are reports of clashes between BJP workers and residents who claimed to be Shiv Sena supporters outside the BJP office in Mumbai.
1:13 PM: Even though Shiv Sena continues to dominate, there are some losses for them as well. Shiv Sena group leader Trushna Vishwasrao has lost to Sufiyan Vanu of the Congress in ward 179. Visjwasrao head the civic body for 2 and a half years.
1:08 PM: MIM candidate Waqarunnisa Ansari has lost to sitting Corporator Dynanraj Nikam’s daughter Nikita Nikam in ward No 223. So far Shiv Sena has won 5 seats while BJP has won 2 seats.
1:04 PM: A big blow for Shiv Sena as the sitting corporator Yashodhar Phanse has lost from ward no 60 in Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West. He heads the BMC’s all powerful Standing Committee. Meanwhile, Congress candidate Rajendra Narwankar, retired BMC assistant Engineer, wins from ward no 216.
1:02 PM: After counting in 188 seats, Shiv Sena is leading in 90 seats and is just 24 seats away from getting the majority and be in power. BJP leads in 55 seats, Congress in 20, MNS in 10 while NCP is ahead in just 6 seats.
1:00 PM: Here is what Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai has to say:
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12:58 PM: Underworld don Arun Gawli’s sister-in-law Vandana Gawli defeated from ward no 207 against the BJP candidate. Shiv Sena Mayor Snehal Ambekar is leading from ward no 198.
12.55 PM: Underworld don Arun Gawli’s sister-in-law Vandana Gawli defeated from ward no 207. BJP wrest the seat.
12:55 PM: BJP candidate Jadish Ojha has won from ward No. 2 while Sena candidate Tejaswi Ghosalkar has won in ward number 1. Ghosalkar defeated Congress candidate Sheetal Mhatre.
12:52 PM: Hundreds of people gathered outside Bombay Dyeing office on Pandurang Budhkar Marg which forced the police to shut the entire road.
12:49 PM: Former leader of the opposition in BMC Devendra Amberkar has lost from his ward while Makarand Narvekar’s sister in law Harshita Narvekar has won from ward 226.
12:46 PM: In G south, Sena is leading in seven wards. This is the Dadar Prabhadevi area where the party has a strong hold. Ravi Raja from Congress wins ward no 176, Sion Koliwada. He has defeated BJP MLA Tamil Selvan brother Murugan by 134 votes.
12:43 PM: Sitting corporator Makarand Narvekar, who joined BJP has won from ward 227. In Colaba, here are the winners, A ward: 225- Shiv Sena, 226- BJP, 227-BJP. Meanwhile, Deepak Thakur, the son of BJP minister Vidya Thakur, also won from ward 50.
12:42 PM: Meanwhile, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM wins 5 seats in Solapur Municipal Corporation.
12:35 PM: Shiv Sena is leading in 86 seast, BJP in 53 seats, Congress is leading in 19 seats while MNS is ahead in 10 seats.
12:32 PM: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s son Neil wins from ward number 108. It is the first official victory for Bharatiya Janata Party.
12:27 PM: BJP leader Kirti Somaiya is happy with his party’s performance. Here is what he had to say:
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) February 23, 2017
12:25 PM: Shiv Sena is already in the celebration mood:
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12:22 PM: Shiv Sena’s Tejaswini Ghosalkar, the wife of sitting corporator Abhishek Ghosalkar has defeated Congress candidate Sheetal Mhatre in ward one in Dahisar. In ward 203 in Parel, BJP’s Tejaswini Abmole, the wife of sitting Shiv Sena corporator Nana Ambole (who defected to BJP before the elections), lost to Shiv Sena candidate Sindhu Masurkar.
12:20 PM: So far three wins have been confirmed and all of them are of Shiv Sena candidates while the party continues to lead in 80 other seats. BJP is ahead in 52 seats.
12:16 PM: Shiv Sena is currently leading in 83 seats while BJP is ahead in 52 seats. The majority needed to win is 114.
12:12 PM: Samajwadi Party has failed to get anything in Mumbai so far despite playing the ‘North-Indian’ card to get votes. On the other hand, celebrations have started in BJP and Shiv Sena offices:
12:09 PM: Major news coming in for Shiv Sena as they registered their first win. Ex-Shiv Sena Mayor Shraddha Jadhav wins consecutively for the 6th time from ward no. 202.
12:05 PM: As of now, Shiv Sena is ahead on 80 seats while BJP is leading in 45 seats. Its not been a good day so far for the other parties as Congress is leading in 17 seats, MNS in nine while NCP is ahead in just 5 seats.
11:59 AM: The results for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections will be announced soon. The local body polls will be witnessing a contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Congress, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Samajwadi Party (SP). Allies in the state assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are in direct contest for the civic body elections. BMC is the richest civic body in India. Despite calls by high profile Netas and actors, the voter turnout was recorded low at 52.17%. However, it was up by almost 8 percent, in comparison to 44 per cent of 2012. The voting saw a heavy police deployment, and a number of celebrities casting their votes.
11:57 AM: Shiv Sena-BJP Face-off? The Sena has a lot riding on this poll. The most important and the richest municipal corporation in Asia, BMC is a prized trophy. Sena is not very strong across Maharashtra, so it has to have BMC in its pocket and thereafter think bigger in terms of Assembly elections too. While Uddhav Thackeray has been virtually content in holding on to his pocket boroughs, he has not made the same kind of push across Maharashtra. But now, into politics has also come his son Aditya and he is extremely ambitious. While he is not, at least for now, what his strongman grandfather Bal Thackeray was, yet he is young and is eyeing a much wider role for the Shiv Sena that spans the entire state and not just the major cities. He has shown an ability to get down onto the streets himself to lead his partymen, something that Uddhav rarely, if ever, tried to do. That is likely to bring Shiv Sena in direct conflict with the BJP that is being run at the moment by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also a youngish leader who is looking to ensure his party stays on top. The resulting face-off between these saffron parties is likely to be extremely volatile.
11:53 AM: Shiv Sena is now ahead on 75 seats and the celebrations have begun:
11:49 AM: Can the unthinkable happen, after the poll results? Considering that the BJP is going strong on the national stage, and the Shiv Sena, looking at the long-term future, not wanting to be upstaged in its Maharashtra stronghold, especially Mumbai, would try to ensure that it retains its supremacy and not let PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah combine to dictate terms. So, could, Uddhav break away from the BJP and instead ally with others, if the numbers justify it? That possibility is definitely open, but depends a lot on how well other parties like Congress, NCP or even estranged cousin Raj Thackeray does. While split does not seem imminent, the winning seat margins will dicatte the future course of action.
11:46 AM: Here is a picture from the inside of counting centre at NESCO ground in Goregoan East:
11:44 AM: Mumbai witnessed a record 55 per cent voter turnout in the civic elections as nearly five million people exercised their franchise. Counting of ballot has also been taken up simultaneously in nine other major civic bodies, 26 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis across Maharashtra, which voted in the two-phase elections on February 16 and February 21.
11:40 AM: As far as post-results situation is concerned for the Shiv Sena and BJP, the party that wins a majority will set the terms. Considering both are neck-and-neck at the moment, a coalition is likely. In the lead-up to the polling day and virtually on a daily basis, Shiv Sena leaders had attacked and taunted the BJP – Uddhav Thackeray had not even spared PM Narendra Modi. BJP, on its part, had refused to react in kind, insisting that the links between the allies was still strong. BJP chief Amit Shah had gone to the extent of saying that all is well between the leadership of both parties. This bodes well for the continuation of the alliance. However, in case BJP emerges as the largest party in BMC, then perhaps the scenario may change perceptibly. But this is an option that no one has openly spoken about.
11:35 AM: Shiv Sena’s party workers are very confident of the victory and have started gathering together. The police might have a tough time today:
11:32 AM: According to the regulation, if an institution decides to initiate any educational development on their vacant plot, it should provide 40 per cent of the plot area from their total area; for a playground. The sorry state of affairs for many schools and colleges across Mumbai is that they do not have the playgrounds which the children deserve.
11:28 AM: Shiv Sena is leading on 57 seats currently and is totally dominating the election. BJP is trying to catch up but has slightly fallen behind with lead in 32 seats.
11:25 AM: Ensuring that school children get the adequate area for playing in a city that lacks empty spaces, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) proposed to keep 40 per cent mandatory area for playground from the available area on which educational institutions are set up. This provision was included for the first time, by the civic body in its draft Development Control Regulations (DCR).
11:20 AM: Shiv Sena has taken a decent lead now. It is ahead in 45 seats while BJP is leading on 28 seats. On the other hand, Congress currently leads on 10 seats.
11:17 AM: BJP corporator Samita Kamble is leading in ward number 107 with 1310 votes. She made news when she proposed a suggestion on Suryanamaskar.
11:14 AM: According to senior civic officials, the additional 255 MLD of water will be brought from lake-tapping, thereby improving the existing water distribution network in the catchment areas and setting up recycling facilities at water treatment plants. A previous lake-tapping experiment on the Vaitarna system in 2014 failed. However, the civic body’s latest investment succeeded in August 2015.
11:09 AM: Shiv Sena workers are so confident about their win that they have already started celebrating. So far, lead numbers are out only for 84 out of 227 seats.
11:07 AM: On the other hand, Congress and other parties would be disappointed with the numbers so far. Currently, Congress leads on 6 wards, MNS on 4 and NCP on 2.
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11:04 AM: Shiv Sena is racing away with the numbers. They lead on a good number of seats but BJP isn’t too far away and there can be a twist in the tale.
11:02 AM: While this appears to be a very small amount compared to Mumbai’s normal normal water supply of 4,200 MLD (down to 3,750 MLD after water cuts), areas like Mira Road-Bhayander receive 96 MLD of water daily owing to a 36-hour water cut every week, while sub-urban Mumbai neighbourhood, Thane gets 320 MLD of water supply daily after the cuts.
10:59 AM: Water scarcity has always topped the charts as Mumbai’s problems. The western metropolis has been reeling under a 20% water cut owing to a poor monsoon since 2015. However, it has been getting an additional 255 million litres daily (MLD) of water from August, 2016.
10:56 AM: To put things in perspective, in the BMC elections 2012 (Bal Thackeray died in November but the BMC polls were held in February, 2012), Shiv Sena had contested in as many as 138 seats and ended up winning in 75. BJP, which had contested just 69 seats won 31. Significantly, it was not BJP, but the Congress party which emerged as the second largest party in BMC. It won as many as 52 seats. BJP just about managed to pip Raj Thackeray’s MNS with a score of 28 seats. This time, however, BJP is expected to emerge No. 2 to Shiv Sena, while MNS is eyeing a virtual whitewash.
10:53 AM: NCP is leading on 1 seat as well, In 2012, they managed to win 13 seats. It will be interesting to see how far they will take it today.
10:50 AM: It is getting very close in Mumbai. At the moment, BJP is ahead on 11 seats while Shiv Sena leads on 18 seats. The early numbers are positive for Shiv Sena.
10:47 AM: The MNS is yet to open its account in the BMC polls 2017. In the 2012 election, the MNS won 28 seats. What will its count be in this election? Keep refreshing this page to find out.
10:45 AM: The exit poll by Zee 24 Taas however, says there will be a divergence in the results with BJP being overshadowed to quite an extent by the Shiv Sena. It indicates that the results will show Shiv Sena winning anything between 90-95. However, the BJP will win barely between 78-82 seats. A better scenario is being painted for the Congress. Poll says it is likely to win 27-30 seats.
10:43 AM: Currently, Shiv Sena is leading in 12 seats and BJP is leading on 7 seats. It has been a slow start for Congress that leads on just 1 seat, while MNS is yet to open the account.
10:40 AM: Shive Sena is leading in the following wards: 89, 95, 200, 202, 203, 204, 215 while the BJP is ahead in wards 216, 217 and 218.
10:37 AM: Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi believes that his party will win the elections by a good margin. However, he has ruled out the possibility of Raj Thackeray and Uddhav ThaThackerayming together.
10:33 AM: According to the latest reports, Shiv Sena is leading in three seats while BJP is leading in two. Former mayor Shradhha Jadhav is leading from ward No. 202.
10:32 AM: Considering the importance of the BMC polls as far as power and pride in Maximum city is concerned, a number of exit polls were conducted and they all showed that there will be a tight fight between the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena. Among the bit players will be Sharad Pawar’s NCP and the Congress party. While nationally they are part of the NDA, at the Maharashtra level the allies have turned into bitter foes. According to the surveys The India Today-Axis-My India exit poll, said both BJP and Shiv Sena may get a vote share of around 32 per cent. The election prediction is 86-92 seats for Shiv Sena and some 80-88 seats for the BJP. Congress will likely bag 30-34 seats – a vote share of about 16 per cent.
10:30 AM: Uddhav Thackeray’s estranged cousin, and a man who has molded himself in the image of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray (Uddhav’s father), Raj Thackeray’s party, the MNS is likely to fare even worse this time. Polls prediction for it is for 5-7 seats, while NCP is likely to get a meagre 3-6 seats.
10:29 AM: It is believed that if the mega-city the plan been implemented, it can provide a far smoother travelling experience to the city’s commuters. This plan was submitted to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for feedback.
10:26 AM: The counting has begun in Mumbai. According to the latest reports, Shiv Sena takes early lead in ward No. 200 & 202 while BJP is leading on Ward No. 218.
10:24 AM: The Bollywood fraternity including Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, veteran actress Rekha, director Subhash Ghai also stepped out to cast their vote. Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar also cast his vote with wife Anjali. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackrey, MNS chief Raj Thackrey, were among the prominent politicians who cast their votes.
10:22 AM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised that slum-dwellers would get 305 square feet houses, bigger than the current measurements of 269 sq ft under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme, if BJP wins the election. He also promised rehabilitation of 50,000 slum-dwellers in the Mumbai airport area.
10:19 AM: Earlier in 2016, in a bid to prepare a road map for the mega-city and upgrade its public transport, the BMC came up with a comprehensive mobility plan that envisages an integrated fare structure and Common Ticketing System (CTS).
10:16 AM: The counting of votes has started on the wrong note. We haven’t received too many updates so far as the officials must be busy counting the number of EVMs and sorting them out ward wise.
10:13 AM: Counting of votes has started in Akola:
10:11 AM: The BMC has allocated Rs 12874 crores for the capital expenditure that is spending on development projects for the betterment of the city infrastructure like roads, storm water drains and water projects.
10:09 AM: In 2012 elections, Shiv Sena, with 72 seats, had emerged the largest party in 227 seat house. Congress was the runner-up with 52 seats. While Bharatiya Janata Party was a distant third with 31 seats. MNS, NCP, and Samajwadi Party had won 27, 7, and 9 seats respectively.
10:07 AM: Voting was done for 227 wards on February 21st. To win the elections, parties need to get at least 114 seats. This will allow them to be the incharge of BMC which has an annual budget of Rs. 37,000 Crores.
10:05 AM: Counting of votes has started for the BMC polls. The result will decide who will govern Mumbai for the next five years.
10:02 AM: Big projects like the ambitious Mumbai Coastal Road was seen getting a further push in the civic budget. A budget provision of Rs 1000 crore is proposed for the work of Mumbai coastal road. Apart from it a provision of 130 crores has been made for the east-west connector Goregaon Mulund Link Road.
9:58 AM: Even though Shiv Sena has been controlling the BMC for almost two years now, there is a string possibility of them failing to win the elections this year.
9:52 AM: It can be an interesting election given that Shiv Sena and BJP, who were previously in an alliance, have fallen apart in last few months. However, if the results throw up a hung verdict, there is a possibility that both the parties may agree to a common minimum programme.
9:45 AM: The counting of votes will begin in 20 minutes. On 21th Feb, there were many reports or names missing from the voter list including that of BJP leader Shaina NC and Varun Dhawan but Shaina was later allowed to vote.
9:35 AM: Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta presented the first budget, since taking charge in April last year, before the standing committee members. The total size of the budget is Rs 37,052cr which is much higher than last year’s budget of Rs 33,514cr.