[Newly elected Bhiwandi Mayor Javed Dalvi (second from right) with a delegation of Malegaon ahead of the visit by Member Planning Commission Dr Syeda Hameed on January 27, 2008 (File photo/ummid.com)]
Bhiwandi: Javed Dalvi of the Congress party defeated Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Prakash Tawre in the Bhiwandi mayor election which was held at the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) building today afternoon.
Javed Dalvi bagged a total of 62 votes in the 90-member Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation and became Mayor for two and half years.
Javed Dalvi has become Mayor of the textile city for the second time. He became mayor in 2007 when a large number of indpendent candidates, including Javed Dalvi himself, had won the local elections.
Javed Dalvi later joined the Congress and won the May 2017 as the party candidate. He was later unanimously elected as the mayoral candidate of the Congress party which had won 47 seats in the recently concluded civic elections.
It was for the first time after Bhiwandi became corporation in 2001 that a political party had won majority of seats in the Bhiwandi civic elections.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) came second with 19 seats whereas the Shiv Sena won 12 seats, Konark Vikaas Aghadi won 04 seats, Samajwadi Party won 02 seats, RPI won 04 seats and Independents were winners on the remaining 02 seats.
Despite Congress having a majority and BJP winning just 19 seats in the 90-member house, Bhiwandi MP Kapil Patil had claimed that the party will have its mayor in Bhiwandi.
After Kapil Patil's open claim, rumours were abuzz that the party was busy in horse-trading and wanted to re-play its Goa and Manipur games in Bhiwandi.
The rumours were so strong that local Congress president Shoeb Guddu had to issue, first a statement and later a video message, saying all Congress corporators were very well with the party and talks of defection are all rumours.
The other hallmark of the Bhiwandi Municipal corporation election held on May 24 was that more than half of the total members in the house i.e. 46 Muslims emerged as winners in the election.