A detailed look at the results of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections shows that very close fights were witnessed in 36 of the 227 wards across Mumbai,wherein the margin of victory between the winner and runner-up was less than 500 votes.
In eight wards,the margin of victory was as slender as 150 votes,while in 64 wards the margin was less than 1,000 votes.
Congress had the highest number of corporators (11) who won by a margin of less than 500,while Shiv Sena corporators had a close shave in six wards. However,even as close fights have been witnessed on one end,clean sweeps and big margin victories were witnessed on the other. In 69 wards,the margin of victory was more than 3,000 votes.
A margin of 500 is considered small since the average number of voters in each ward is about 45,000 and 45 per cent voter turnout means about 20,000 polled votes. Here,the average margin between the victor and the runner-up for all 227 wards is 2,512 votes.
Barring some like the four corporator wards in A ward where the turnout has been way below average,for most of the other wards a margin of 500 is quite slender, said a BMC election official.
Among the prominent corporators who lost in these close contests is Shiv Sena corporator from ward 55 Jogeshwari,Rajul Patel,who lost to Congress candidate Jyotsana Dighe by a margin of 382 votes. Similarly,four-time Congress corporator Ravi Raja lost to outgoing mayor Shraddha Jadhav by a margin of 305 votes. Samadhan Sarvankar,son of Congress leader Sada Sarvankar,lost to MNS candidate Virendra Tandel in Mahim by just 208 votes.
Those who have won with very high margins are BJPs Mukesh Mistry,Shiv Senas Sunil Prabhu,Congresss Naushir Mehta and Independent Hanifa Bi,all of whom won by a margin of more than 8,500 votes.