MLC polls: Jolt for BJP, MVA wins four of six seats

BJP in Maharashtra suffered a jolt on Friday as MVA won four out of the six state Legislative Council seats to which elections were held on December 1, reports Prafulla Marpakwar.

Of the five MLC seats of graduates’ and teachers’ constituencies, MVA won 4 and BJP none; the solitary seat it won was in the Council bypoll to the Dhule-Nandurbar local body. One seat—Amravati division teachers’ constituency —was won by an independent candidate, with Shiv Sena coming in second and BJP third.

The boost for MVA was made more significant by its win in the Nagpur teachers’ constituency held by BJP for over five decades.

The result of the Dhule-Nandurbar legislative council byelection was declared earlier, on Thursday evening. BJP candidate Amrish Patel won the seat with 332 votes against Congress’ Abhijeet Patil, who managed to get only 98 votes. A total of 434 of 437 voters exercised their franchise in the Dhule-Nandurbar bypoll, which was held as Amrish Patel resigned as MLC last year after he quit Congress to join BJP. By registering this victory, he won the MLC polls for the third time.

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