GIANT KILLERS

Defeating BJP’s sitting MLA from the area, Subhash Desai, Vidya Thakur won by a slim margin of 4,756 votes.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin , Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai | Published: October 20, 2014 10:55:35 am

Cutting across party-lines, these are the candidates who managed to create big upsets after the results were declared Sunday.

Ashish Shelar (BJP, Bandra-West):

With a strong anti-incumbency factor playing against Congress’ Baba Siddique, BJP’s Ashish Shelar emerged victorious with more than 26,000 votes from the Bandra (West) constituency. A jubilant Shelar said, “I thank the people of Bandra, Khar and Santacruz for voting for me. There was a bit of the Modi wave, but Shelar charisma played a big part in my victory. Voters knew the work I did and more than anti-incumbency, there was a positive vote in my favour and people wanted to see me win. It is a big responsibility that the constituency people have entrusted me with.”

Sunil Shinde (Shiv Sena, Worli):

Taking a chance with former corporator Sunil Shinde proved lucky for the Sena as he defeated NCP leader and Minister of State for Housing Sachin Ahir by more than 23,000 votes. Hugely popular among the working class segment of Worli, Shinde has also been associated with the Sena outfit “Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti”, working towards the employment of Maharashtrians.

Sada Sarvankar (Shiv Sena, Dadar-Mahim):

Even as voting patterns over the years indicated that the Dadar constituency might be slipping away from the Sena’s hands, the party Sunday retained its hold over its heartland, with veteran leader Sada Sarvankar defeating MNS’ Nitin Sardesai. “The people of Dadar have always given respect to Balasaheb and Uddhav Thackeray, the Marathi manoos has made the right choice by voting for the Sena,” said Sarvankar, who had defected to Congress in 2009 and came back to Sena in 2011.

Ashok Patil (Shiv Sena, Bhandup-West):

Current corporator from Bhandup, Ashok Patil from Shiv Sena, defeated MNS’ seniormost leader and sitting MLA Shishir Shinde by more than 10,000 votes.

Sanjay Govind Potnis (Kalina, Shiv Sena):

Sanjay Potnis defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh, who is the sitting MLA from the constituency. Coming in first place by a margin of 7,120 votes, he won over BJP’s Amerjeet Singh, who came in second place.

Prakash Surve (Magathane, Shiv Sena):

Defeating sitting MLA from MNS, Pravin Darekar, by over 32,000 votes, in a constituency which is known to be a Marathi stronghold area, Surve secured his win by a large margin. “This is the victory of the people. I had constantly worked in this area and the voters have given their verdict and shown their love for me,” said Surve. Darekar, who came in third, is known to be close to MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Shiv Sena had strategically inducted Surve for the constituency, who had defected from NCP. In the last Assembly, Surve, as an NCP candidate, had secured the second highest votes.

Vidya Thakur (Goregaon, BJP):

Defeating BJP’s sitting MLA from the area, Subhash Desai, Vidya Thakur won by a slim margin of 4,756 votes. A Thackeray family loyalist, Desai has been associated with the Shiv Sena for the past three decades. Vidya Thakur, former deputy mayor of Mumbai, was well supported by the state and national leaders for her campaign.
Compiled by Ruhi Bhasin and Tanushree Venktraman

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