Pune: The Shiv Sena bagged two seats out of four in the legislative council (LC) elections on Thursday, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could fetch only one seat and the fourth seat was retained by Kapil Patil of Lok Bharati Party,
Shiv Sena’s Vilas Potinis won the seat of Mumbai Graduates and Kapil Patil won on the Mumbai Teachers constituency. Meanwhile, BJP’s Niranjan Davkhare, who quit NCP and joined BJP won from Konkan Graduates’ seat.
The counting of votes for four MLC seats in Maharashtra was conducted today, Polling for Mumbai Graduates constituency, Mumbai Teachers Constituency, Konkan Graduates Constituency and Nashik Teachers Constituency was held on June 25.
Mumbai Graduates constituency witnessed a tough contest between Shiv Sena’s Vilas Potnis, BJP’s first-time nominee Amit Mehta, and independent candidate Rajendra Korade. Mumbai Graduate constituency was traditionally BJP’s seat. Earlier BJP was contesting with the help of Shiv Sena. This time Shiv Sena’s leader Aditya Thackeray took initiative and decided to contest it at their own and fielded Potnis.
Nashik Teachers constituency is being fought between BJP’s Aniket Patil, NCP supported independent Sandeep Bedase, Shiv Sena’s Kishor Darade and other independents. Where Shiv Sena’s Darade won the seat.
The elections on four seats were necessitated as the term of sitting MLCs – Deepak Sawant (Mumbai Graduate constituency, Shiv Sena), Kapil Patil (Lok Bharati party – Mumbai Teachers), Niranjan Davkhare (BJP, Konkan Graduates) and Apoorva Hire (an independent – Nashik Teachers) are expiring on July 7, 2018.