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BMC Election Results 2017: Final tally out as Shiv Sena wins 84, BJP 82

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation results 2017: Maharashta CM Fadnavis said it's an unprecedented victory for the BJP while addressing party workers at BJP's Dadar office.

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BMC election results 2017: Counting of votes is underway. Get the latest updates here.

The Shiv Sena is all set to retain power in the BMC or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the country’s richest civic body. As per the final tally, the Shiv Sena has won 84 seats while the BJP has bagged 82. This time, the Sena decided not to contest the polls in alliance with the BJP, something that appears to have worked in favour of the BJP as well as it now has 82 wins, currently at the second position. In the meantime, while addressing a press conference at BJP’s Dadar office, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis thanked the people of Maharashtra, saying its an unprecedented victory. The Sena has been in power for the last two decades. Mumbai recorded 55.53 per cent polling, highest in the last 25 years and ten per cent higher than 2012.

Here are the BMC Elections 2017 highlights:

7:42 pm: Not only Mumbai mayor, but next Chief Minister will also be from Shiv Sena: Uddhav Thackeray

6:57 pm: Final tally – Shiv Sena 84, BJP 82

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6:56 pm: BJP’s Atul Shah won the lottery in ward 220.

6:28 pm: Shiv Sena has done better in these elections, even Muslim voters have turned towards Shiv Sena: Uddhav Thackeray

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6:08 pm: First Bagalkar was declared winner. After objection, recounting was done wherein equal number of votes were polled. Second recounting was done but tie remained. Now, civic chief has headed to counting centre where lottery will be done. Names of both candidates in a chit will be put and whichever is picked up that candidate will win.

6:04 pm: Again tie between Shah and Bagalkar in ward 220, now decision will be taken by lottery.

6:00 pm: Maharashtra people supported Centre’s note ban, says Fadnavis.

5:59 pm: In election it happens that we loose and win: Fadnavis on Pankaja Munde’s resignation.

5:56 pm: Won’t accept Pankaja’s resignation, says Fadnavis.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at BJP office in Dadar. Express photo by Pradip Das

5:51 pm: We lost 20 seats by close margin, says Fadnavis.

5:49 pm: There’s a tie for number one spot, says Fadnavis.

5:46 pm: BJP has created trust in people, says Fadnavis. 

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5:45 pm: Thanks for supporting our agenda, says Fadnavis. 

5:42 pm: This is a vote for transparency, says Fadnavis.

5:35 pm: I thank people of Maharashtra, it’s an unprecedented victory, says Fadnavis.

5:26 pm: I take responsibility for my defeat in local body polls in Beed, have sent my resignation: Pankaja Munde.

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Shiv Sena candidate Sujata Sanap at Colaba. Express Photo By-Ganesh Shirsekar

5:08 pm: Ashish Shelar celebrates outside BJP’s office in Dadar.

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5:01 pm: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitated by supporters for BJP’s performance in local body polls

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5:00 pm: “Shiv Sena and Congress joined hands even before the elections. In UP, too, Congress joined hands with SP. Will Congress now help Shiv Sena just to stop Mumbai BJP?” says Kirit Somaiya.

 

Celebrations outside Matoshree. (Express Photo)

4:55 pm: State overall tally for all municipal corporations till 4 pm: BJP 470, SS 215, Cong 99, NCP 108, MNS 16, Others-61

Celebrations outside Matoshree. (Express photo)

4:53 pm: Recounting for ward 87 and 220 is going on.. so final figures awaited.

4:51 pm: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to address press conference at BJP’s Dadar office in a few minutes.

4:49 pm: Shiv Sena supporters celebrate outside Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai.

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4:47 pm: The recounting in ward 220 is going on a tie/equal number of votes. Shiv Sena sitting corporator Surendra Bagalkar and BJP spokesperson and candidate Atul Shah have got equal votes.

4:31 pm: “We are not considering alliance with BJP, final call on this will be taken by the party chief Uddhavji,” Manohar Joshi while leaving Matoshree

4:20 pm: Sena is talking with independents to retain power in BMC. Sena has lost some seats by small margins. Since we have won 84 seats in BMC, mayor will be from Sena, said Anil Parab, Shiv Sena legislator

4:18 pm: Recounting in ward 87 of H east ward. Some official objection raised. Shiv Sena had initially won in this ward.

Ashish Shelar, Mumbai BJP President.

4:13 pm: BJP’s win is bigger than Shiv Sena’s. While Shiv Sena seats gone up marginally from last elections, our seats have gone up three times: Ashish Shelar, Mumbai BJP president

4:12 pm: In ward 69, BJP candidate, claimed to be citizens candidate, Renu Hansraj wins from Juhu area.

F south ward results – Parel area
Ward No 200 Sena
Ward No 201 Cong
Ward No 202-206 sena

G south ward results – N.M Joshi marg area
Ward No 193-196 Sena
Ward No 197 MNS
Ward No 198-199 Sena

4:06 pm: Pankaja Munde takes responsibility after BJP lost 8 out of 10 seats in Parli, Offers resignation.

4:06 pm: Some big leaders within party deliberately made statements on party’s work and me. This result is outcome of their anti party campaigns: Sanjay Nirupam

K west ward results – Andheri West, Oshiwara area

Ward No 59 Sena
Ward No 60 BJP
Ward No 61 Sena
Ward No 62 independent
Ward No 63 BJP
Ward No 64 Sena
Ward No 65-66 Cong
Ward No 67-71 BJP

K east ward results – Andheri east area

Ward No 72 BJP
Ward No 73 Sena
Ward No 74 BJP
Ward No 75 Sena
Ward No 76 BJP
Ward No 77 Sena
Ward No 78 NCP
Ward No 79 Sena
Ward No 80, 81 BJP
Ward No 86, 82, 83 Cong
Ward No 84 BJP
Ward No 85 BJP

4:01 pm: R north ward results – Dahisar area

Ward No 1 Sena
Ward No 2 BJP
Ward No 3 -7 Sena

Ward No 8 BJP

M east results – Chembur area

Ward No 145 MIM
Ward No 146 SP
Ward No 147

Ward No 148 Sena
Ward No 134 SP
Ward No 135 Sena
Ward No 136 SP
Ward N0 137-139 SP
Ward No 140 NCP
Ward No 141 Cong
Ward No 142, 143 Sena
Ward No 144 BJP

C ward results – Chira Bazar area

Ward No 221 BJP
Ward No 222 BJP

3:51 pm: I accept the decision of people of Mumbai. I will keep working for the party: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on his resignation.

In L ward results – Kurla-Saki Naka area
Ward No 156 MNS
Ward No 157 Sena
Ward No 158 Sena
Ward No 159 BJP
Ward No 160 independent
Ward No 161 Sena
Ward No 162 Cong
Ward No 163 MNS
Ward No 164 BJP
Ward No 165 Cong
Ward No 166 MNS
Ward No 167 Cong
Ward No 168 NCP
Ward No 169 Sena
Ward No 170 NCP
Ward No 171 Sena

3.40 pm: Here are the results right now. The BJP is slowly closing in on the Sena

Shiv Sena is at 84
BJP is at 80
Congress is at 31
NCP is at 9
MIM is at 3
SP is at 6
MNS is at 7
ABS is at 1
Independents at 4

3.38 pm: Results for F north – Sion-Antop Hill-Wadala
172, 177, 174 BJP
173, 175, 178, 180 Sena
176, 179, 181 Cong

3.33 pm: Results for G north – Dharavi/Mahim
182, 185-187, 191, 192 Sena
183, 184 Congress
188 NCP
189 MNS
190 BJP

3.30 pm: We also have results for R central – Borivali
Congress has won in ward 9, BJP in ward no 10, 13-17; Sena in 11 and 12 and 18

3.25 pm: Latest tally for 220 seats
Shiv Sena is at 83 seats
BJP is at 79
Congress is at 30
NCP is at 8
Samajwadi Party is at 6
MNS is also at 6
ABS has won just one seat
Four independent have won

3.13 pm: Results for R south – (Kandivali)
Ward No 19 – Shiv Sena
Wards 20 to 24 to the BJP
Ward 25 to the Sena
Ward 26 to the BJP
Ward 27 result pending
Ward 28 to the Congress
Wards 29 to 31 to the BJP

3.11 pm: Here are the results of 199 seats in the BMC elections:
Shiv Sena is at No 1 position with  77 seats
BJP is no 2 with 69 seats
Congress is at no 3 with  27 seats
NCP is at no four with 8 seats
MNS has won four seats
SP has won six seats
MIM has won three seats
ABS has won a seat
Independents – four seats

 

3.10 pm: In M west (Chembur), results are as follows:
BJP has won in 149, 151, 152, 154
Congress has won in 150
Shiv Sena has won in 153 and 155

3.07 pm: Mayor Snehal Ambekar has won from ward 198. In ward no 194, Sena rebel Mahesh Sawant has defeated Sena candidate Samadhan Sarvankar, son of local Sena legislator Sada Sarvankar, and MNS’s sitting corporator Santosh Dhuri.

3.06 pm: When asked if BJP will go for alliance with the Shiv Sena, Kirit Somaiya said: “Transparency and Development should be the common agenda. Will do anything for the well being and development of Mumbaikars.”

3.05 pm: We also have results from R north – Dahisar
Sena has won in ward 1, 3-7
BJP has won in ward 2 and 8

3.05 pm: Deputy mayor and BJP Candidate Alka Kerkar has won from ward no 98

3.03 pm: Sitting congress Corporator Asif Zakaria has defeated BJP candidate and activist Deryk Talker in ward 101

3.01 pm: Results for H West – (Santa Cruz West and Bandra West)
BJP has won in wards 97, 98, 100
Shiv Sena has won in 99
Congress has won in ward 101
MIM has won in ward 102

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3.00 pm: BJP legislator Yogesh Sagar: People place their cofidence in the BJP leadership and that’s why we won 10 out of 13 seats in Kandivali west and east

2.57 pm: Meanwhile in Mumbai, the Indian Navy has managed to bring INS Betwa upright at Mumbai Dockyard. Here are some pictures.

 

2.55 pm: Vinod Tawde, Maharashtra Minister and senior BJP leader: “We are the true representatives of people because we connect with people in all the cities. People are confident that BJP will tackle issues of transport. Sanjay Raut said we won’t get even 40 seats but we have got 77. We have got sweeping majority even in Marathi areas.”

 

2.50 pm: Improvement Committee Chairperson and sitting BJP Corporator Prakash Gangadhare has won in ward 104 – T ward (Mulund)

2.47 pm: In celebratory fire crackers, a tree has caught fire inside Kalanagar compound

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Express Photo/Amit Chakravarty

2.45 pm: Don’t be hasty, says Shiv Sena

Diwakar Raote, Shiv Sena minister: “Party chief will take a call on post election coalition. We will take a decision in some time on the matter of coalition. Don’t be hasty. We won’t be hasty to take the decision.”

2.40 pm: While the Shiv Sena has begun celebrations across Mumbai, it’s also a big win for the BJP. Despite not being in an alliance, they have managed to secure wins/leads in 61 seats. That’s almost double from what they were in 2012.

2.33 pm: Results for P north – (Malad)
Congress has won in wards 32, 33, 34 and 48. BJP has won in wards 35, 46, 47. Shiv Sena has won in ward 49.

2.30 pm: What do you think of the Congress Party’s performance?

2.24 pm: Eknath Shinde of the Sena has this to say: We don’t work to take credit. We work to give people resources they deserve. In Mumbai and Thane, Shiv Sena is there for common people during their happy and sad times. People have rewarded shiv sena for that. People have given importance to our work. There is no water shortage in Mumbai because of Shiv Sena ‘s efforts. In Thane also, we are working towards overall growth. – Radhika Ramaswamy reports.

2.17 pm: Let’s look at the numbers once again

Shiv Sena is at 94
BJP at 61
Congress at 22
MNS at 11
NCP at 6
Others/Independents at 7

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2.12 pm: Celebrations by Shiv Sena party workers in Mumbai

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Colour, firecrackers and sweets – the Shiv Sena has every reason to celebrate today. Express Photo/Nirmal Harindran

2.10 pm: Sanjay Kakade, BJP has reacted to the BMC poll results: “We are confident that we will win. Happy that we have won in Pune and people of Pune have shown confidence in us. We will fullfil all their promises. Ticket allotment strategy was the best decision and deserves most credit,” he says. – Radhika Ramaswamy reports.

2.08 pm: Rajendra Narwankar, a Congress candidate and former assistant engineer of BMC wins from ward 216 (D ward).

2.07 pm: In D ward – Malabar Hill, Charni Road, Tardeo – BJP has won in 214, Shiv Sena has won in 215, Congress has won in 216, BJP has won in 217-219

2.05 pm: In P South ward – Goregaon – results
BJP has won in ward 50, Sena in 51, BJP in 52, Sena in 53,54, BJP in 55,56,57,58

2.00 pm: BJP legislator Pravin Darekar’s brother Prakash Darekar loses from ward 11.

1.59 pm: After recount in ward 220, Shiv Sena sitting corporator Surendra Bagalkar and BJP spokesperson and candidate Atul Shah poll equal number of votes. This is C ward – Mumbadevi.

1.57 pm: Celebrations are underway at Matoshree!

Caricatures of Uddhav Thackeray outside his residence in Bandra East, Mumbai. Express Photo/Amit Chakravarty
Caricatures of Uddhav Thackeray outside his residence in Bandra East, Mumbai. Express Photo/Amit Chakravarty

1.55 pm: In Bandra (East), a Muslim candidate Haji Mohamed Halim Khan has won from Bharat Nagar (ward no.96) on a Shiv Sena ticket.

1.54 pm: Shiv Sena’s Haji Mohammed Halim Khan wins from ward number 96. MIM candidate Gulnaz Qureshi won in ward 92 in H east ward.  Sena has also won in ward 94.

1.52 pm: Here are the official wins in the BMC polls right now

1) BJP- 22
2) Sena-34
3)INC-15
4) NCP-4
5) MIM -2
6) SP-6
7) MNS-1
8)Others- 1
Total 85

1.51 pm: Former chief minister of Maharashtra and prominent Sena leader Manohar Joshi has arrived at Matoshree

1.50 pm: MIM candidate Gulnaz Qureshi won in ward 92 in H east ward.

1.47 pm: In H-east ward (Bandra East and SantaCruz East), here are the results –
Sena has won in wards 87, 88, 89,91,93,95,96, Congress has won in 90, MIM has won in 92. Counting for ward 94 is pending

1.46 pm: Tulip Miranda, Congress has won in ward 90. She’s a first-time corporator.

1.43 pm: Another Sena reaction: “12 lakh voters name missing is nothing but a conspiracy. Majority of these were marathi voters,” said senior Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut, outside the Thackeray residence – Matoshree. “Going by the tall claims made by the BJP leaders they should have won over 100 seats… however,  they failed, because people of Mumbai have once again voted for Sena.”

1.40 pm: Former Congress MP Milind Deora has reacted to the BMC election results. Here’s what he has to say.

 

1.39 pm: In S ward (Bhandup-Kanjurmarg-Powai) these are the results:

111- BJP, 112- BJP, 113- Sena, 114- Sena, 115- Sena, 116- Cong, 117- Sena, 118- Sena, 119-NCP, 120- Sena, 121- Sena, 122- BJP

1.35 pm: Here’s what Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam has to say –

“I have offered to resign. we accept people’s verdict. I cannot make the whole party win. there is no unity within the party. there is in-fighting. One person’s hard work is not going to make the party win. There are people who consider themselves bigger than the party. Hence it is a disappointing result for us. In a party, people need to stand together and that’s not happening.”

 

1.33 pm: With a lead in over 90 seats, celebrations outside Sena Bhavan in Dadar, Mumbai, captured by Nirmal Harindran.

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Sena supporters carry a portrait of party president Uddhav Thackeray as they celebrate outside Sena Bhavan. Express Photo/Prashant Nadkar

1.30 pm: Here’s a round up of the seats. The Shiv Sena is leading in 93 seats, the BJP in 61 and the MNS in 10

1.22 pm: Residents of Dongri-Musafirkhana – the Congress retains power here.

Results for B ward
223- Congress
224- Congress

1.21 pm: For those who live in Byculla, here are the results:

Results for E ward
207- BJP
208- Sena
209- Sena
210- Congress
211- SP (Rais Shaikh )
212- Akhil Bhartiya Sena (Geeta Gawli)
213- Congress

1.20 pm: Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam offers to resign after accepting responsibility for the defeat.

1.17 pm: NCP’s Rakhi Jadhav defeats Sena’s Mangal Bhanushali and BJP’s Bhalchandra Shirsat in ward 131. Bhanushali was Sena’s Gujarati face for polls.

1.14 pm: Results for M East:  Shiv Sena 6 seats, SP 5, NCP 1, BJP 1, Cong 1, MIM 1

1.11 pm: Tension between BJP workers and residents who claim to be Shiv Sena supporters outside BJP office in Mumbai.

1.10 pm: Shiv Sena group leader Trushna Vishwasrao has lost to Sufiyan Vanu of the Congress in ward 179. Phanase and Vishwasrao were heading the civic body for last two and half years. Both have lost.

1.07 pm: MIM candidate Waqarunnisa Ansari has lost to sitting Corporator Dynanraj Nikam’s daughter Nikita Nikam in ward No 223.

1.05 pm: Shiv Sena’s strongman and sitting corporator Yashodhar Phanse has lost from ward no 60 in Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West. He heads the BMC’s all powerful Standing Committee.

1.04 pm: We have the first reaction from the BJP. “Sanjay Raut said that BJP couldn’t even manage 40 seats. We have crossed 50. This is like a slap on his face,” says Vinod Tawde, BJP, reports Priyanka Sahoo.

1.04 pm: A retired civic engineer Rajendra Narvekar, who was contesting from Congress, defeated former health committee chairman and BJP candidate Ramesh Naik from ward no. 216, Girgaum, reports Sandeep Ashar.

1.03 pm: With the counting of 188 seats, the Sena is  leading in 90 seats, BJP in 55, Congress 20, MNS 10 and NCP 6. There are total 227 seats in Mumbai and 114 seats are need for a majority. Sena is just 24 seats away from reaching the magic figure. It’s likely that Sena may touch 100 and may be in power. – Vishwas Waghmode

12.57 pm: Shiv Sena Mayor Snehal Ambekar is leading from ward no 198.

12.55 pm: Underworld don Arun Gawli’s sister-in-law Vandana Gawli defeated from ward no 207. BJP wrest the seat.

12.51 pm: Sena candidate Tejaswi Ghosalkar has won in ward number 1. Ghosalkar has defeated Congress candidate Sheetal Mhatre.

12.50 pm: BJP’s Ritu Tawde, who demanded a ban on scantily clad mannequins outside shops lost from ward 127 in Ghatkopar west. Guess that didn’t go down too well.

12.49 pm: Jagdish Ojha, BJP candidate has won in ward 2

12.47 pm:  Swapnil Tembawalkar is the candidate who defeated BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar’s brother in ward 51

12.45 pm: Shiv Sena’s Congress import and former Opposition leader in the BMC Devendra Amberkar has lost the BMC election

12.44 pm: In ward 226, Makarand Narvekar’s sister in law Harshita Narvekar has won, also on a BJP ticket.

12.44 pm: Meanwhile, Sena celebrations outside Bombay Dyeing office on Pandurang Budhkar Marg, have resulted in the shutting of an entire road. Hundreds of Sena supporters have forced the roads to stay closed.

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12.43 pm: In ward 227 sitting corporator Makarand Narvekar, who joined BJP, wins.

12.42 pm: For all our readers from Colaba, here are the results in A ward: 225- Shiv Sena, 226- BJP, 227-BJP

12.41 pm: Deepak Thakur, the son of BJP minister Vidya Thakur, wins from ward 50.

12.40 pm: In G south, Sena is leading in seven wards. This is the Dadar Prabhadevi area where the party has a strong hold. Meanwhile, in A ward – Colaba, In A ward, Sena is leading in ward 225, BJP is leading in wards 226, 227.

12.38 pm: Ravi Raja from Congress wins ward no 176, Sion Koliwada. Defeats BJP MLA Tamil Selvan brother Murugan by 134 votes

12.35 pm: Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale’s wife Kamini Shewale loses from ward 144.

12.33 pm: Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar’s brother Vinod, a sitting BJP corporator, loses to Shiv Sena in Malad (East). He was contesting from  ward 51.

12.30 pm: MNS opens its account, reports Sandeep Ashar. Its candidate Archana Bhalerao wins from ward 126. We also have details of ward 136. Ruksana Siddiqui of the Samajwadi Party has won, reports Zeeshan Shaikh.

12.27 pm: AIMIM wins ward no.223. Waqarunnisa Ansari, Congress rebel, wins on MIM’s ticket. Atul Shah defeated from ward no. 220, Mumbadevi, Surendra Bagalkar from the Sena has won.

Shiv Sena celebrations outside Sena bhavan, Dadar. Express Photo/Nirmal Harindran
Shiv Sena celebrations outside Sena bhavan, Dadar. Express Photo/Nirmal Harindran

12.26 pm: In G North ward, Shiv Sena has won in wards 186, 187. This area comprises Dharavi and Mahim. The breakdown is as follows: 6 seats for Sena, 2 for Cong, 1 for NCP, 1 for MNS, and 1 for BJP

12.25 pm: Shiv Sena has won six seats in the Marathi dominated areas of Sewri and Parel, retaining five and winning one more. This is the F-South ward of the BMC. ICongress has won in ward 201, and Shiv Sena has won in 202-206 and ward 200.

12.23 pm: T ward results – here are the figures – Wards 103 to 108 have elected the BJP. Ward 109, 113 to 114 have gone with the Shiv Sena and ward no 110 has voted Congress. While counting is over, we are still awaiting an official announcement.

12.21 pm: Road block and detours near counting centres is creating massive confusion among motorists and party supporters.

12.20 pm: The official numbers right now. Sena has won in three and are leading in 80. The BJP has won one seat and is leading in 50. The Congress is leading in 18 and the MNS in 10.

12.17 pm: Details of the Sena win in ward one in Dahisar. Shiv Sena’s Tejaswini Ghosalkar, the wife of sitting corporator Abhishek Ghosalkar has defeated Congress candidate Sheetal Mhatre.

12.15 pm: In ward 203 in Parel (Krishna Nagar), BJP’s Tejaswini Abmole, the wife of sitting Shiv Sena corporator Nana Ambole (who defected to BJP before the elections), lost to Shiv Sena candidate Sindhu Masurkar, Srinath reports.

Sandeep Ashar reports that the Congress party leader in the BMC, Pravin Chheda, has lost.

12.12 pm: Okay, time for another roundup of numbers. We have three official wins in BMC and they are all for the Shiv Sena. They are now leading in 78 seats while the BJP is leading in 50 seats.

12.12 pm: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya is already in celebration mood! Here’s what he tweeted this noon.

12.11 pm: We’re also learning that Shiv Sena’s Shraddha Jadhav, ex mayor has won from 202 Parel area.

12.10 pm: Results may not yet be officially declared but celebrations are underway at the Sena and BJP offices. Priyanka Sahoo captures what is happening outside the BJP office in Mumbai.

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12.04 pm: Shiv Sena’s Vasant Shivaram Nakashe from ward 186 is already celebrating. An official announcement is likely soon.

Shiv Sena's Vasant Shivaram Nakashe celebrating in Mumbai. Express Photo/Prashant Nadkar
Shiv Sena’s Vasant Shivaram Nakashe celebrating in Mumbai. Express Photo/Prashant Nadkar

12.01 pm: Let’s recap the lead results at 12.00 pm. The Sena is leading in 80 seats, the BJP is leading in 45, the Congress in 17 and the MNS is leading in nine. The NCP is leading in five seats while independents and other parties are leading in seven seats. This is for 163 out of 227 seats. Any party needs 114 seats to take control of the BMC.

12.00 pm: The BMC leads, as of now, have also indicated that the BJP has crossed its 2012 tally of 31. It is now leading in 45 seats. The Sena and the BJP are not in an alliance in this election.

11.55 am: The Sena is now leading in 75 seats, its victory tally last election. With a total of 151 leads out, the BJP is leading in 42, the Congress in 14 and the MNS in 9.

11.52 am: The BJP is dominating the seats in areas that have large number of Gujarati speaking people. Srinath Rao reports that the party is leading in 25 out of 42 wards.

11.50 am: Leads are in for 138 seats of the 227 in the BMC election. The Sena is currently leading in 70 seats, while the BJP is leading in 38. The Congress is leading in 14 seats while the MNS is leading in five.

11.44 am: Back to the numbers – With leads in 132 seats, the Sena is leading in 67, the BJP in 32 and the Congress in 13. MNS is leading in six while the NCP is leading in five.

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BMC elections 2017: Shiv Sena workers celebrating in Dadar, Mumbai. Express Photo/Prashant Nadkar.

11.42 am: BJP’s Parag Shah, the richest candidate in this election with assets of Rs. 690 crore, leads Congress strongman and leader of opposition Pravin Chheda in ward 132 in Ghatkopar, reports Srinath Rao.

11.40 am: Setback for the Sena. In ward no 191 (Shivaji Park, Dadar) BJP is leading unexpectedly, Sena’s Vishakha Raut, ex mayor and MNS’s Swapna Deshpande are trailing, our correspondent Vishwas Waghmode reports.

11. 35 am: Here’s what the situation is inside the counting centre at NESCO ground in Goregoan East. Our photographer Amit Chakravarty captures the counting of votes currently underway.

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BMC elections 2017: Here’s what is happening inside the counting centre in Mumbai. Express Photo/Amit Chakravarty

11. 34 am: We now have leads in 117 seats. The halfway mark is 114. The Shiv Sena is leading in 59 while the BJP is leading in 35. Was the Sena’s move to go it alone a smart one? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.

11.34 am: We also have details about BJP MP Kirit Somaiya’s son Neil Somaiya. He is currently leading in ward 108.

11.33 am: Let’s get back to the numbers. We have leads for 111 seats. The Sena is leading in 57 while the BJP is leading in 32. The Congress in 10, MNS in five and NCP in four. Keep refreshing this page for the latest results from the BMC elections 2017. Remember, this is the election that decides Mumbai’s fate for the next five years!

11.30 am: Here’s a look at what is happening in Dadar, the stronghold of the Shiv Sena. This is at Kabootar Khaana, where Mumbai Police officials will end up having a tough time controlling party workers.

Shiv Sena party workers in Dadar. Express Photo/Rohit Alok.
Shiv Sena party workers in Dadar. Express Photo/Rohit Alok.

11.27 am: We also have details about the MNS. Bharti Tandel its candidate in ward 190 is leading with 620 votes in the first round of counting. We’ll get you more details as they are made available to us.

11.25 am: Here’s what is happening inside the BJP office in Mumbai.

BMC elections 2017: Here's what the situation is inside the BJP office in Mumbai. Express Photo/Priyanka Sahoo
BMC elections 2017: Here’s what the situation is inside the BJP office in Mumbai. Express Photo/Priyanka Sahoo

11.22 am: In the party’s stronghold of Dadar, the Shiv Sena is leading in six out of seven seats. Dadar had seen a high voter turnout.

11.20 am: Leads are in for 90 seats. Shiv Sena is leading in 44 seats while the BJP is leading in 28. Congress is now leading in one more seat taking its lead tally to 1o.

11.15 am: The Sena is now leading in 40 seats while the BJP is leading in 26. Congress is in third position with leads in nine seats.

11.10 am: Our correspondent Arita Sarkar reports that BJP corporator Samita Kamble, who had introduced the controversial proposal on Suryanamaskar, is leading in ward no 107 with 1,310 votes in the first round. Sitting BJP Corporator Jyotsna Mehta is leading in ward no 219.

11.05 am: More numbers in. The Sena is leading in 37, the BJP in 25. Congress is in third position with nine seats. Remember, these are just leads, not wins. The results could change as new rounds of counting begin.

11.00 am: The tally has now risen a bit. The Sena is leading in 35, the BJP is leading in 23, the Congress in six, the MNS in three, NCP and others in two each. Keep following for the latest updates. We now have lead numbers for 71 of the 227 seats.

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BMC polls 2017: The media are already waiting outside Sena Bhavan in Dadar. Will they retain power? Express Photo/Nirmal Harindran.

10.58 am: The Sena is now at 34 while the BJP is at 23. These numbers will keep changing as counting moves ahead. BMC has a total of 227 seats, just to recap. In the last election, Sena won 75 while BJP won 31. The half way figure 114.

10.55 am: Shiv Sena is racing ahead. It now leads in 31 seats while the BJP is leading in 20. The Congress in six whil the NCP is leading in two seats.

10. 52 am: The Sena is now leading in 24 seats while the BJP is at number two position with a lead in 13 seats. The Congress is leading in five seats while the NCP is leading in two seats.

10.48 am: The Shiv Sena is now leading in 18 wards while the BJP is leading in 11. The NCP has a lead as well. They won 13 seats in the 2012 polls. What will their count be this time around?

10.45 am: The MNS is yet to open its account in the BMC polls 2017. In the 2012 election, the MNS won 28 seats. What will its count be in this election? Keep refreshing this page to find out.

10. 43 am: The numbers are quickly moving and if the leads are anything to go by, the Sena is racing ahead while the BJP is catching up. The Sena now leads in 12 seats, while the BJP is leading in seven. The Congress is ahead in two while independents/others are leading in one seat.

10.40 am: Just to sum up the numbers at this very moment, the Shiv Sena is leading in eight seats, the BJP in three, the Congress in one seat and Independents/Others in one seat as well. Keep refreshing to get the latest updates on the BMC poll results.

10. 37 am: The Congress is leading in one seat now. Meanwhile, we have the first reaction from the Shiv Sena. Senior party leader Manohar Joshi says they are positive about their victory but both brothers (Raj & Uddhav Thackeray) can’t come together.

10.33 am: The BJP is leading in wards 216, 217 and 218. We will get you details of these wards soon.

10.30 am: These are the wards where the Shiv Sena is leading for now: 89, 95, 200, 202, 203, 204, 215. These numbers could well change as counting progresses, so keep refreshing this page for the latest updates as they unfold. 202 and 204 – that fall in the Parel and Sewri areas are Sena bastions. This is round one of counting.

10.28 am: The Sena is now leading in three seats while the BJP is leading in two. In ward 202, Sena’s Shraddha Jadhav is the leading candidate. She was the former Mayor.

10.26 am: The lead for the Shiv Sena is in ward No 220. Sena’s Surendra Bagalkar is the candidate contesting. He is a sitting councillor and was also the ex-chairman of BEST.

10. 25 am: More facts, while we wait for another update from counting officials. The BMC caters to a population of around 18.30 million. It’s budget for the current fiscal is Rs 37,052 crore. In comparison, neighbouring Goa’s budget last year was around Rs 14,700 crore.

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10.21 am: The first leads are in. The BJP and the Shiv Sena both lead in one seat each. Keep following us for the latest tally!

10.20 am: In any election, the first hint of anti-incumbency is a high voter turnout. But in this election, while Mumbai has seen a high voter turnout, the data could well be linked to another reason. The voters’ list has shrunk substantially since 2012. From 1.02 crore voters, it is now at 91.8 lakh voters.

10.15 am: In case the BJP wins the BMC polls, we thought it would be fitting to remind you of what Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis promised. The BJP has said that slum-dwellers would get 305 square feet houses, bigger than the current measurements of 269 sq ft under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme, if voted to power. Fadnavis also promised in situ rehabilitation of 50,000 slum-dwellers in the Mumbai airport area.

10.12 am: What do you think are the most important issues for the new body that comes in today? Tell us in the comment section below. We surely thinking fixing of Mumbai’s potholes, given that the monsoons are a few months away, should be taken on priority.

10.10 am: We are still awaiting a lead in the election. The first few minutes goes into counting the number of EVMs and sorting them out ward wise. Once this is done, a representative of each political party will be present before the election officials ensuring that the EVMs are sealed well. It is only once all of them confirm that counting of votes will begin.

10.05 am: Just to recap, at 61.5 per cent, the highest turnout was recorded in R Central Ward (Charkop, Borivali), followed by 60 per cent in R North Ward (Dahisar, Magathane) and 60.5 per cent in T and S wards (Mulund, Bhandup).

10.00 am: Counting has begun in the BMC polls that will decide who gets to govern Mumbai for the next five years. The battle, this time, is between the Shiv Sena and the BJP which decided against an alliance. We’re getting you the latest here.

9.55 am: To get control of the BMC, which has an annual budget of 37,000 crores, a party will need to win 114 seats. In the last election, the Shiv Sena won 75 and the BJP won 31. Who will it be this time? Counting begins in just about five minutes.

9.50 am: If the Sena loses the election, or there’s a significant drop in its tally, it could well result in the Sena having to take a back seat in its constant attack on the BJP, keeping in mind the upcoming 2019 elections. The Shiv Sena has been controlling the BMC for the last two decades.

9.40 am: If today’s results throw up a hung verdict, it’s very likely that the BJP and the Shiv Sena, the two parties that have been in an alliance, will come together again. If not in an official alliance, the two parties are likely to at least agree to a common minimum programme.

9.30 am: Just half an hour left for counting of vtoes to begin in the BMC elections as well as elections to nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra. In BMC, the ruling Shiv Sena is hoping to retain power and is banking on the high voter turnout specially in the Marathi-speaking dominated areas of  central Mumbai.

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In the 2012 BMC elections, the Shiv Sena won 75 seats in the 227-member body. The BJP won 31, the Congress 52, NCP 13, MNS won 28 seats while independents and other smaller parties won 28 seats.