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Updated: February 19, 2012 12:43 IST

Sena romps home for the fourth time

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Shiv Sena supporters celebrate their party's victory in the civic poll in Thane on Friday.
Shiv Sena supporters celebrate their party's victory in the civic poll in Thane on Friday.

In a major setback to the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance, the Shiv Sena-led combine on Friday retained control — against expectations — of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) for the fourth time in succession.

While Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had predicted that the Sena would become irrelevant after the elections, the party won 75 seats, nine less than it had in 2007, and its alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), won 32 seats, four more than last time, and its new-found ally Ramdas Athavale's Republican Party of India (RPI) picked up one seat.

The winning combine has 108 seats, and in a house of 227, it needs 114 for a simple majority which it can cobble together with the help of independents who have already offered support, the BJP sources said.

Of the 75 winners from the Sena, 44 are women and one is a 21- year-old student from Dharavi. Both Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and the former mayor, Shubha Raul, were re-elected.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) won 28 seats, 21 more than last time, in a major show of strength. Embattled with internal divisions and rebels, the Congress managed 50 seats against 71 in 2007 and the NCP did not gain or lose over last time, winning 14 seats.

The Sena-BJP-RPI alliance has also retained Thane, Nagpur and Ulhasnagar corporations. The NCP won Pimpri Chinchwad and was the largest party in Pune, while the Congress did well in Solapur and Amravati and could share power in Akola, according to State Congress president Manikrao Thakre.

Mr. Chavan told the media after the defeat that the result was unexpected. With a secular alliance in place, he believed that it would do well in Mumbai and Thane, which didn't happen. While the Sena has lesser seats, the Congress too lost out, he said.

“We thought an alliance to unite the secular vote would benefit us. Now we will have to introspect. The number of independents has increased and the Samajwadi Party has got more seats and this has divided the secular vote,” he said. The SP won nine seats this time, one more than in 2007.

I don’t understand what is wrong with the people of this state. Don’t you see shiv sena also has been under dynasty politics? Raj is out because he was not given the thrown cause of uddhav. Now the main issue is development which will never happen under the sena. Congress has progressive thinking leaders who have the future in mind.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Feb 19, 2012 at 11:19 IST

I hope Congress gets some signal from this about their image in India. This party should itself become democratic before it serves democratic India. They should move over from the Monarchy that they are under.

from:  sushant
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 18:54 IST

It seems ... so called 'secular alliance' did not appeal people of Mumbai much. A Lesson to learn perhaps ? Now for the fourth time ?

from:  Omkar
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 13:34 IST

It is not the question of congress or BJP or any other party. It is the question of development . Till now election in India is taken as a competition . Rigorous campaigning and false promises are only the part of preparation for winning the so-called election championship. After the tournament is over , no one looks for any work. After the election winners try to recover their money to persuade people. And noboby cares . Be it a politician or any other .

from:  rakesh karwasra
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 09:35 IST

The results rather is a slap on the anti-corruption movement led by Team
Anna. For the people of Mumbai have elected the civil society's staunch
opponent Bal Thackeray in the civic polls.

from:  GK
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 04:48 IST

having so much diversity and different idealogies, india needs to adopt proportional voting system where every vote account 50% candidate should be elected thorough direct voting and 50% should be by polled votes, as we have in newzealand,india system of one vote win over 10 candidate is totally unpractical to represent public wishes and give them hope of working hard and representing public, in centre situation is worse where a party who got only 20% ruling and opposition who got 70% alltogether in sitting in opposition, we need great reform in election representation act with compulsory voting,right to recall and strong enectment and implementation of law,immidiate justice,,democracy is best if it is practised with delegating power to whole public with their wider participation with financial powers,

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 04:03 IST

This is a good news but the Tiger is getting old day by day and Young Shivsainik leaders should take broom show some dynamic results in making Mumbai Trash -free similar to New York or Detroit which is the only main demand of Mumbaites. Can we do it ?

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 04:00 IST

After the steady stream of scams, the Congress was too optimistic
in expecting to win. Though a low percentage voted, it can be assumed that those did not vote meant "None of the above".The educated are fed up with politicians, the less educated or uneducated do not support corruption. Our whole electoral system needs a major revamp.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 02:53 IST

@Andrew. You are in such a denial. Accept it Shiv Sena has won again. 50% voted so clearly majority rejected everyone?? what sort of logic is that? certainly there is apathy on voters part..but as usual the well-to-do people did not care to vote..and did not even know who was contesting. its the other way around..the non-voters are pushing the country into corruption , terrorist attacks etc. As the elected members know the silent non-voters will not harm them..and they are absolutely right! @editor..please put the bomb pics even if people are disturbed by it..that is the only way to awaken the sleeping majority.

from:  Hemant
Posted on: Feb 18, 2012 at 00:57 IST

This victory indicates the rising power of BJP and thus is in a good
position to take the top job in the country.

from:  Prateek Sinha
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 21:38 IST

The result is as expected! We should appreciate success of MNS also!!!

from:  Pankaj Yelapale
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 19:58 IST

Mumbaikars like me will not make a mistake by voting to Congress/NCP who view Mumbai as a Golden Hen. Good that SS won, MNS gained and BJP improved.

from:  Ashutosh
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 19:13 IST

Shivsena is best option considering Maharashtra's politics. Party Supremo Balasaheb is always do his best duties for public, No matter who like or dislike and it is best policy of Shivsena. Party knows what is best in actual situations. hence Mumbaikar supports Shivsena and viceversa.

from:  prashant pagar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 18:59 IST

Over all picture is clear. Congress is losing its hold State after State. The regional Parties have come to stay. People have lost faith in the National parties. When elections are fought on Caste and Religious considerations the Voter prefers not to vote.

from:  Balasubramanian A
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 18:26 IST

This win needn't be seen as a thump in the back for the Sena-BJP combine. It is just that people wanted to keep the Congress-NCP out of the job of managing coffers of the "maximum city". Everyone is tired of the scams.
And dont forget that the Sena has always been strong in the urban areas, while congress and NCP still holds sway in the hinterland.

from:  Philip Mathew
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 18:02 IST

Mumbaikars simply don't have any civic responsibility. Whether its casting your vote or
whether it's taking part in Anna's campaign. They would
rather go for a movie than vote. The only one thing they are good at is candlelight

from:  Abhijit
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 17:50 IST

"People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the
people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who
make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing."
Walter H. Judd

I suppose this quote applies in this situation. Considering that there was such a
low turn out, the victorious parties would be foolish to talk about showing up the
others, or claim this to be silencing of the opposition... then again, the parties are
foolish, and they and the common public are sure to be misguided into believing
"the city has spoken"!

from:  Nikhil Nair
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 17:49 IST

RPI Ramdas Athwale faction has bitterly lost this election though his faction has contested with SS-BJP as alliance partner. Winning only one seat has marginlised him on his own turf as he has won only one seat. He will go into olivian as Dalit candidates fielded by him undr this alliance banner did not win which means he did not get support of SS-BJP supporters. It is high time that all RPI faction come togather & prove their metal in their own state, without forming alliance with any other National Party.

from:  A M SHENDE
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 17:45 IST

Any party is better than Congress and BJP though not pure still stands out to be the best and most patriotic one. Congress does not miss any point to suppress the majorities and support a particular kind of minority. 5 worst yrs end. better (not gud) 5yrs going to begin.

from:  abhisek
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 17:25 IST

i cannot buy the argument that congress is more secular than BJP.

English media should stop making such assumptions as there are no takers for it-- BJP is going to emerge as a ruling party in the centre in the coming years--iam afraid wishful thinking has no place in true journalistic reporting.

from:  senapathy
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 16:42 IST

Why blame the Politicians? We choose our own destiny!

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 16:35 IST

With less than 50% voting, we can safely assume that the majority voted against all the alliances and combinations that contested the elections. The Sena misrule will continue for another 5 year term, it seems now. The voter did not find any hope in the other combinations and permutations as well and hence they stayed away from the polls. This clearly indicates that there is a wide chasm between an average Mumbaikar and the politicians who rule Mumbai Municipal corporation which reflects the minority of the Mumbai's population. The voter cannot be blamed for this apathy. The kind of money spent on elections clearly indicated that they have invested lot of resources in this election but for what? Mumbaikar has to bear the brunt of anything from a crippled administration, poor civic amenities to terrorist fury. Politicians are the ones who are least affected from any of these.

from:  Andrew Knotts
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 16:01 IST

Too many cook`s spoils the food.We should have an election reform like the higgest seat winner should form a corrum if absolute majorty is not obtained in a election

from:  sdhaniwal
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 13:37 IST

East or West Shiva Sena is the best !

from:  A.K.Mahesh Babu
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 13:28 IST
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