Raj Thackeray may have been running a campaign against the Shiv Sena, but his party voted for a candidate of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in the elections for the chairman of the civic Improvements Committee. Deviating from its stand to remain neutral in such elections, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena voted for BJP’s Manoj Kotak. The MNS, thus, ensured the defeat of Congress candidate, Suresh Koparkar, a Maharashtrian. Kotak defeated Koparkar by three votes. In the presence of Mumbai Mayor Shraddha Jadhav, BJP candidate Manoj Kotak was elected as the chairman of MCGM’s Improvement Committee. Congress nominee Suresh Koparkar gained only eleven votes. Many were shocked with the MNS corporator Mangesh Sangale voting for Manoj Kotak. When the media quested Congress nominee Suresh Koparkar on the MNS vote, he alleged that with the poor performance of MNS in the NMMC Elections, the party might be looking for an alliance with the Shiv Sena. The newly elected Manoj Kotak spoke on his priorities as the chairman of the Improvement Committee. Sena’s Sanjay Potnis was elected chairman of the BEST Committee after he defeated Congress’ Nitin Salagar by three votes. Potnis got nine votes. With cameraperson Kala Jadhav, Vasudha Dhumak for NMTV News.
December 14, 2014
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