In the recently concluded Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party benefited from the Dalit vote, but it was doubtful if their alliance partner, the Republican Party of India (Athavale), received support from the Sangh Parivar vote base, BJP leader Ram Naik said on Monday.
RPI leader Ramdas Athavale had said while Dalit voters helped the saffron parties win, a quid pro quo from the Sena-BJP voters was absent. As a result, the Dalit party won only one seat.
‘Athavale is right'
“What Ramdas Athavale says is true, but in the long term he will benefit from the alliance,” Mr. Naik told a press conference.
He said the Sena and the BJP had also benefited from the rebellion in the Congress.
Mr. Naik said the voting percentage was higher than the estimate given by the State Election Commission owing to duplicate entries in poll rolls. The percentage was in fact 57 and not 46.
“The residential mobility of Mumbai citizens is very high. However, neither the shifting [of residence] nor deaths are accounted for automatically in the rolls. Even after shifting, new names are added on the basis of applications, but proper care is not being taken to delete those names from the old rolls,” Mr. Naik said.