Marathi manoos in Mumbai stands by BJP and Shiv Sena

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 26 May 2019

The Marathi vote bank has strongly remained with the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party

Mumbai: Despite the best efforts of MNS leader Raj Thackeray, in Mumbai, the Marathi manoos stood by the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance.

Raj Thackeray did not contest the elections but appealed people during the campaigning not to vote for BJP and Modi Shah duo.

According to the assembly segment-wise voting percentage of the 2019 Lok Sabha results, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are leading in only five assembly seats with thin margins out of Mumbai’s 36 assembly seats. 

The Marathi vote bank has strongly remained with the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The opposition candidates gained the lead from Mankhurd (Mumbai North East - 41670 votes), Dharavi (SC) (Mumbai South Central- 8991), Mumbadevi (34,869) and Byculla (28,675) from Mumbai South and Bandra East (1276) from Mumbai North Central. 

This clearly indicates that the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) could not transfer its vote share in favour of the Congress or NCP candidates.

Thackeray had a public meeting in Sewri assembly seat, where Shiv Sena candidate Arvind Sawant won 91,497 votes in comparison to 41,645 votes for Congress candidate Milind Deora. Similarly, in Worli assembly, the Shiv Sena candidate won 78,653 votes while the Congress managed to get only 42499 votes, both the areas are Marathi dominated.

Mahim assembly, which is part of Dadar area, a traditional Marathi dominated area, Shiv Sena’s Rahul Shewale got 91,635 votes and Congress candidate Eknath Gaikwad got only 
38,145 votes.

In Mumbai North, where the campaign was started on the basis of Marathi versus non-Marathi, BJP candidate Gopal Shetty secured highest votes against Marathi candidate-Urmila Matondkar of the Congress. Former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam also could not surpass his Sena rival Gajanan Kirtikar in any of the assembly seats.

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