Mumbai: In the Maharashtra Legislative Council election, the BJP won five seats, while coalition partners Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party each bagged two, and Congress got one. It means the ruling MVA and the BJP share the honour.
Overall, 11 candidates were in the poll fray for the 10 MLC seats. The notable winners from the BJP are: Praveen Darekar, Ram Shinde, Shrikant Bharatiya, Uma Khapre, and Prasad Lad.
NCP leaders Eknath Khadse and Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar emerged victorious. Meanwhile, Amshya Padvi and Sachin Ahir of the Shiv Sena also won. Bhai Jagtap the Mumbai Congress chief made sure of his berth in the MLC polls, which takes the MVA tally to five.
The BJP and MVA fielded five and six candidates, respectively, for 10 MLC seats. The BJP did better than expected, despite being short on numbers.
Speaking on the BJP victory, Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, said, “Our five candidates were elected.” In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP received 123 votes. In the council elections, the Saffron party got 134 votes. We didn’t have enough votes for our 5th candidate. But he bagged more votes than two Congress candidates.
The BJP has the strength of 106 MLAs in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. It seems independent candidates or those from the smaller parties cast their votes in favour of the saffron party.
All the candidates needed to get at least 26 votes to confirm their berth in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.