Updated: November 1, 2021 8:41:00 pm
In a first, the Shiv Sena has won both the bypolls to gram panchayats in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH).
While Raghubhai Dhodiya won by a margin of 82 votes from Kocha gram panchayat, Vijaybhai Kinary won by 117 votes from the Galonda seat, showed the results on Monday. The results come a day ahead of the outcome of the by-election to the DNH lok sabha seat, to be announced Tuesday.
After parting ways with the JD(U) and aligning with the Shiv Sena, the late MP Mohan Delkar camp fielded Dhodiya from ward no. 6 of the Kocha gram panchayat and Kinary from ward no. 3 in the Galonda gram panchayat against arch-rival BJP. Hence, it was a direct contest between the Shiv Sena and the BJP as the Congress had not fielded any candidates. The Sena emerged victorious by defeating BJP candidates at both places. Interestingly, Mahesh Gavit, the BJP candidate in the DNH Lok Sabha bypolls held Saturday, hails from the Kocha village. This is also the first time Shiv Sena contested these polls.
“All the credit goes to Mohanbhai Delkar who had sacrificed his life for the people of the territory. By electing us, the voters have condoled Mohanbhai’s death. This is the first time the Shiv Sena candidates have won elections to both the seats,” said Dhodiya. Mohan Delkar’s widow and the Shiv Sena candidate in the DNH Lok Sabha bypolls, Kalaben, and her son Abhinav congratulated the candidates.
The gram panchayat by-elections were necessitated after the death of two sitting JD(U) members Raman Dhodiya from Kocha and Shailesh Patel from Galonda gram panchayat. Both of them were supported by the late DNH MP Mohan Delkar and his camp.
The bypolls were held on October 17. While the counting was earlier scheduled to take place on October 20, it was delayed after the declaration of the DNH Lok Sabha bypolls. Subsequently, the counting took place in Silvassa on Monday.
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