Nearly 70 per cent candidates or a whopping 1,557 of the total 2,232 who stood for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections have lost their security deposit after they failed to garner votes equal to at least one-eighth of the total valid votes cast in their wards.
Apart from the vast majority of Independent candidates and those from smaller parties,there are 63 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidates,11 Congress,four Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),five Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and one Shiv Sena candidate who lost their deposit. In addition,there are 79 Samajwadi Party candidates,121 Bahujan Samajwadi Party candidates and 21 RPI (A) candidates who could not garner even 12.5 per cent of the total votes polled in their wards.
It was a last-minute decision by the party to field me as the candidate from ward 118. The party approved my candidature less than six days before the elections and I did not get enough time to campaign in the locality, said Bharat Shirke,the lone Sena candidate to lose the deposit. He polled 2,498 votes against the required 2,526 in ward 118 in Vikhroli (Parksite).
Every candidate has to deposit money with the civic bodys election department before elections
Rs 5,000 by those contesting in open wards and Rs 2,500 by those contesting in wards reserved for women,Scheduled Caste,Scheduled Tribe and OBC. An official from the BMC election department said over 80 per cent candidates do not bother to collect their deposit as the amount is paltry.
The wards that have seen the highest number of candidates losing their deposits are 143 (31 candidates) and 138 (29 candidates) and these wards also saw the highest number of candidates contesting. The lowest number of votes garnered by any candidate was by Independent candidate Khan Abdul Latif who got only three votes in ward 159. All three AIADMK candidates who contested also lost their deposits.