Updated: March 18, 2021 8:17:32 pm
The BJP suffered another blow in a state civic body on Thursday when Shiv Sena candidate Jayshree Mahajan was elected as the mayor of Jalgaon city, despite BJP having a majority in the civic body. Last month, an NCP candidate was elected mayor of Sangli city after defeating a BJP candidate.
In both Jalgaon and Sangli civic bodies, BJP has a majority. In Sangli civic body, it has 41 corporators while in Jalgaon, it has 75 corporators.
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However, during Thursday’s Jalgaon mayoral poll, as many as 31 corporators belonging to BJP defected to the Shiv Sena, which had only 15 corporators. Three corporators from MIM also extended support to the Sena candidate.
Jayshree Mahajan of the Sena polled 45 votes while BJP candidate Pratibha Kapse secured 30 votes. Even the deputy mayoral post went to the Shiv Sena and its candidate Kulbhushan Patil was elected.
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