The Shiv Sena retained the tribal-dominated Palghar assembly seat in a bypoll following the death of its MLA Krishna Arjun Ghoda. The Sena had fielded Ghoda’s son Amit Ghoda who polled 67,129 votes to defeat Congress rival Rajendra Gavit by 18,948 votes. It was several times higher than the 526-vote margin recorded by his father in 2014.
The other candidates in the fray were former Sena leader Manisha Nimkar, who contested on the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi ticket this time and secured 36,781 votes, Chandrakant Vartha (CPI-M) who polled 4,865 votes and Dileep A Dumada (Bahujan Mukti Party) who bagged 1,417. Out of 1.61 lakh votes polled, 3,162 went to the NOTA (none of the above) option.