Mumbai: The North-Central Mumbai constituency belongs to Priya Dutt for the second time consecutively as she drubbed her nearest rival Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mahesh Jethmalani by 1,74,555 votes while the Congress-NCP combination tore apart the Marathi bastion of rivals Shiv Sena and MNS on Saturday.
The Congress party retained all five seats it contested in the country’s financial capital. Its ally Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) opened its account in the Bollywood city winning the sixth seat.
Political analysts attributed the stunning success of the ruling coalition’s candidates to the Maharashtra Nirman Sena factor which cut into the votes of Congress-NCP’s arch rival Shiv Sena-BJP. Several candidates of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS polled over one lakh votes.
Besides Priya Dutt, candidates who won were Milind Deora (Mumbai South), Eknath Gaikwad (Mumbai South Central), Gurudas Kamat (Mumbai North West), Sanjay Nirupam (Mumbai North)-- all belonging to the Congress and Sanjay Patil (Mumbai North East) of the NCP.
MNS candidates stunned BJP’s candidates Kirit Sommaiya (Mumbai North East) and Ram Naik (Mumbai North), Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar (Mumbai North West), who were considered sure winners.
MNS’s Bala Nandgaonkar finished in second position in Mumbai South constituency. Shilpa Sarpotdar of MNS polled more than 1.31 lakh votes in Mumbai North Central. While Shishir Shinde polled 1.94 lakh in Mumbai North East.
In neighbouring Thane and Bhiwandi too, MNS candidates got more than one lakh votes. While in Nashik, MNS got 2.17 lakh votes.
Mint’s Bhuma Shrivastava contributed to the audio story