Mumbai: All eyes are on the outcome of the fiercely-fought Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, as counting for polls to 10 municipal corporations and 25 zilla parishads across Maharashtra begins Thursday morning.
Mumbai turned out in large numbers to vote in Tuesday’s civic polls in areas dominated by the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But this does not give either party an edge over the other. In fact, what lies ahead is a tough fight between the friends-turned-foes.
The increase in the percentage of voter turnout as compared to the 2012 BMC polls is also not an indicator of a clear trend. Reason:
The voters’ list has been substantially downsized since 2012. Although the voter turnout jumped to 55.53%, as compared to 44.75 % in 2012, the voters’ list shrunk to 91.8 lakh from 1.02 crore. The actual number of voters this election were just 4.94 lakh more than in 2012.