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Bhandup By-election Results: BJP's Jagruti Patil Wins By

13 October 2017

If the Sena withdraws support to the BJP, the Fadnavis government will be in a minorit and will need help from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party or NCP.The BJP dramatically improved its performance in this year's BMC election from the 31 wards that it had won last time.

Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said on Thursday the party's victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bypoll was an endorsement by voters of the development agenda being pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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Enthused by the outcome, BJP leaders said they would soon have more corporators in the BMC house than the Shiv Sena.

The election was held yesterday and saw an aggressive campaign by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

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The by-election in ward number 116 was necessitated by the death of sitting Congress corporator Pramila Patil on 25 April. BJP might look at playing the dominant role in the BMC if the streak of success endures; after Wednesday's bypoll, the BJP has 82 corporators in a house of 225. "We are in the lead in the BMC, and we will always remain so", he said. The seat fell vacant due to death of Congress corporator Pramila Patil. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya said, "The defeat of Shiv Sena in Bhandup in by-elections means the defeat of Uddhav Thackeray's dominance in BMC". In September, BJP corporator from Kandivli Shailaja Girkar died of a heart attack. While the Sena has claimed the support of four other corporators, the BJP has claimed the support of two.

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Bhandup By-election Results: BJP's Jagruti Patil Wins By