BJP-Sena retain all six seats in Mumbai
The city witnessed some prominent names in the fray such as Gopal Shetty, Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora, Arvind Sawant, Urmila Matondkar, Priya Dutt and Poonam Mahajan
Mumbai: As the counting for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls began for the six seats in Mumbai on Thursday, early morning trends showed leads for the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena candidates in the financial capital. The alliance candidates were leading in Mumbai South, Mumbai North and Mumbai North-East.
Shiv Sena-BJP alliance retained all the six seats in Mumbai, where BJP's Gopal Shetty kept his record of highest voting percentage in Mumbai.
The city witnessed some prominent names in the fray such as Gopal Shetty, Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora, Arvind Sawant, Urmila Matondkar, Priya Dutt and Poonam Mahajan, who are locked in a battle between the two alliances of Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena. The six seats on offer in the city are Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central and Mumbai South.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls, the BJP won 23 seats in the state while its alliance partner, the Shiv Sena, got 18. While in Mumbai the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance won all the six seats and this time the alliance repeated the same candidates except Kirit Somaiya from North-East Mumbai.
In Mumbai-North, BJP's Gopal Shetty again fetched highest votes in Mumbai as he got 77 per cent (6,88,638) of total votes polled. His nearest Congress rival and actor Urmila Matondkar got 2,35,622 votes.
The South-Mumbai parliamentary constituency has an estimated Scheduled Caste population of 6.42 per cent and a Scheduled Tribe population of 0.79 per cent. The estimated literacy level of Mumbai-South is 89.69 per cent. The BJP-Shiv Sena combine won the seat, where Shiv Sena's sitting MP Arvind Sawant retained the seat by fetching 52.64 per cent (4,20,677) votes, defeating Congress' Milind Deora who fetched 40.08 per cent (3,19,997) votes.
In Mumbai-North Central, sitting BJP MP Poonam Mahajan won the seat by securing 4,82,472 votes, while Congress candidate Priya Dutt got 3,54,567 votes.
In Mumbai North-West, Shiv Sena's Gajanan Kirtikar secured 5,50,131 votes and Congress nominee Sanjay Nirupam secured 2,98,185 votes.
In Mumbai-South Central, Shiv Sena's Rahul Shewale was ahead from the start over Congress candidate Eknath Gaikwad. He secured the seat by getting 4,24,913 votes and Congress's Eknath Gaikwad received 2,72,774 votes.
In Mumbai-North East, BJP's Manoj Kotak received 5,14,599 votes and his rival NCP's Sanjay Dina Patil received 2,88,113 votes.