Mumbai has transformed into a political hot spot, with leaders from across the country converging on the city to win over the urban voter. For, if numbers are anything to by, the party which captures the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai and Thane, is likely to take the lead in the September assembly elections as well. Polling for the final phase of elections took place for Mumbai’s six seats and Thane’s four seats on April 30. Between them, these 10 Parliamentary seats cover 60 Assembly segments — 36 in Mumbai and 24 in Thane — of a total 288 seats. That means Mumbai and Thane, which comprise an urban votebank, will play an important role in deciding the fate of the entire state and the next Chief Minister. This is one of the reasons why one saw NCP president Sharad Pawar parked in this region campaigning extensively; Sonia Gandhi too came to address the mother-of-all-rallies besides Narendra Modi, Lalu Prasad Yadav to Amar Singh all focusing on Mumbai. Even political parties are agreeing that Mumbai and Thane will determine the composition of the assembly in September. Besides the Congress and BJP, regional parties like the Shiv Sena, NCP, MNS, BSP and SP have also made Mumbai their battleground. The mixed population, of natives and migrants, provides a perfect platform for regional forces to consolidate their position for the Assembly polls. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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