The bypoll for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seat in ward no. 40 registered 42.82 per cent polling on Sunday while the ward 35 Bhosari bypoll of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation registered an even lower turnout of 29 per cent.
The results will be announced on Monday. The PMC bypoll is significant as its result will decide the fate of the post of leader of opposition. The outcome will decide who Congress or MNS will hold the post. Both parties currently have equal strength in the civic body.
The Congress has fielded Laxmi Ghodke while Indu Pulaware,former NCP corporator,is the MNS candidate. The ruling NCP has fielded Neelam Lalbegi and BJP has given party ticket to Sandhya Barake.
In the PMC elections held in 2012,NCP had emerged as the single largest party,followed by MNS. Congress finished third as it got one seat less than the MNS. Due to this,MNS got the post of leader of opposition. However,when its corporator Kalpana Bahirat was disqualified for submitting false caste certificate in the polls,its strength became equal to that of Congress,which ultimately got to sit on the Opposition bench as per the rule of a national party getting precedence over regional parties.
MNS corporator Vasant More,who held the post of leader of opposition,had to make way for Arvind Shinde of the Congress.
The polling was peaceful. No untoward incident was recorded throughout the day, said an official.
In Bhosari,its a straight fight between Shraddha Lande of NCP and Sarika Kotwal of Shiv Sena. Lande is the daughter of Shiv Sena leader Bajirao Lande. Though it is believed that the contest will be a keen one,political observers said Shraddha Lande would emerge winner in all probability because all the sons of the soil have come together. The Landges,Landes,Gavahanes form a major chunk of the voters in the ward who voted en masse for Shraddha Lande,said NCP leaders.