Shiv Sena votes for itself. Bharatiya Janata Party does not vote Sena. Second preference for Congress is BJP and MNS votes go to Congress. Election to the State Legislative Council from the Mumbai local self government MCGM has rewritten political equations in the state. Hansraj Kanaujia gives us a detailed report on the recently held MLC elections. The State MLC elections has virtually started a countdown for the divorce of the Sena-BJP alliance that was scripted by late Pramod Mahajan and Bal Thackeray. The recently held MLC elections have exposed the differences between the Sena-BJP combine. This was cropped up when BJP nominated their candidate for the Legislative Council elections without consulting alliance partner Sena. Election for the eight seats in the State Legislative Council took place on Friday, and Mumbai corporators voted to choose two candidates between Sena’s Ramadas Kadam, Congress’s Bhai Jagtap and BJP’s Madhu Chavan. Given the numbers, Sena and Congress candidates were assured victories. However, in a bid to settle political scores, Sena did not divert its excess votes to BJP. After failed efforts of the Sena camp to make Chavan withdraw, Sena leadership asked its corporators to ensure Kadam emerged victorious. Sena has 83 corporators, while BJP has 29. Congress has 72 corporators in the MCGM and its ally NCP has 14 corporators. There are 224 MCGM corporators who can vote, and each of them can cast three preference votes. While the first preference vote is mandatory, the second and third preference votes are optional. Prior to the elections, the candidates spoke to the media. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV News.
September 23, 2015