Mumbai: The Shiv
Sena-BJP-RPI alliance came up trumps in Mumbai and Thane municipal
corporation elections, results of which were announced here
Though the alliance fell short of the magic figures in both the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Thane Municipal
Corporation (TMC), it is widely expected to retain power in both
civic bodies with the help of rebels and Independents.
The need to beg for the support of Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena (MNS) may not immediately arise, though Shiv Sena
supremo Bal Thackeray recently expressed willingness to ally with
his estranged nephew if the situation so warranted.
Incidentally, the MNS performed better than expected, especially
in Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, living up to its image of being a
As per the latest figures available (till 4 p.m.), in Mumbai the
newly-cobbled Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party-Republican Party of
India combine bagged a total of 107 seats. It was followed by the
Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition at a distant second
position with 65 seats. The MNS grabbed 29 seats, and Independents
and others 26 of the total 227 seats.
In Thane, the SS-BJP-RPI combine won 62 seats, followed by
Congress-NCP with 52 seats, and the MNS 7. Independents and others
bagged 9 seats.
In Akola, the Congress-NCP coalition got 23, the SS-BJP-RPI
combine 26, the MNS one, and Independents and others 23 in the
In Amravati, the Congress-NCP coalition won a comfortable 43, the
SS-BJP-RPI combine bagged 19, and Independents and others secured
25 seats in the 87-strong house.
On the other hand, Pimpri-Chinchwad gave a reason to smile for the
NCP which bagged 83 seats, while the Congress got 14, the SS-BJP-RPI
a mere 18, the MNS 4, and Independents and others 9 seats, in the
Given the low - 54 percent - average state turnout at the polls
Thursday, a beaming Raj Thackeray, while demanding strict action
against those who do not exercise their franchise, promised to
revamp his party organisation in Thane where the MNS fared below
The counting of votes is still in progress in five other major
civic corporations where elections were held and the results are
expected later Friday evening.