Mumbai: India’s richest Municipal organisation, BMC (The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) bagged 52.17% voters on Tuesday. This is the highest figure recorded in last 25 years. Along with BMC, 9 other civic bodies, 11 zilla parishads and 118 panchayat samitis across Maharashtra witnessed the battle for power and prestige. Voting started from 7.30 am until 5.30 pm.
It was after many years when political parties Shiv Sena and BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) fought the municipal polls separately. However, despite Shiv Sena being in power in BMC for over two decades, it remains to be seen how these two parties fair in the elections. According to Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, ”If BJP loses, I’ll take responsibility and if we win, the credit will go to the party.
A total of 2,275 candidates participated for 227 seats in BMC. 7,304 polling booths were set up at 1,582 places. The BMC has an annual budget of 37,000 crores more than that of small states of India.
Top political leaders, Bollywood actors and other celebrities also reached the polling stations. Votes will be counted on February 23 choosing the winner who be responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city and some suburbs of Mumbai.