In the yet another example of Congress slide, Shiv Sena candidate Trupati Sawant defeated Congress candidate and former chief minister Narayan Rane in the Maharashtra assembly by-poll election for the Bandra (East) assembly constituency in Mumbai.
Trupati Sawant, widow of former Sena leader Bala Sawant, defeated the former chief minister by around 19,008 votes. The Sena has gained its victory margin by over 4000 votes compared to 2014 poll results. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen’s (AIMIM) Raja Rahbar Khan stood a distant third in the battle after Congress’s Rane.
According to the declared results, the Shiv Sena received 52,711 votes against the Congress’ 33,703 and AIMIM’s 15,050 votes.“We have shown Narayan Rane his rightful place. He deserted our party and betrayed Balasaheb and now our Shiv Sainiks have defeated him twice in less than one year. He can now go back to work in gram panchayat,” said Sena MP Vinayak Raut after the victory.
Following the victory, Shiv Sena workers are having a massive celebration outside the residence of Congress’s former CM Narayan Rane’s and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackery. Shiv Sena legislator Arvind Sawant said, “I do not know what will happen to Rane’s career now but it is anybody’s guess. We were confident of (Sena candidate) Trupti Sawant’s victory. We have once again shown that there is no place for political opportunism in the country.”
Party workers waived the saffron flag and shouted party slogans. The workers also burst fire crackers and distributed sweets to people. The by-election was held last Saturday in Bandra East following the demise of Trupati Sawant’s husband Bala Sawant.