The mayoral election will be held in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at 12 pm on Wednesday. The special general body meeting of 227 newly-elected corporators will elect mayor by show of hands. The mayor’s or Mumbai’s first citizen’s tenure is for two and a half years. Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar , who is supported by BJP, is a three-time corporator from Santacruz and college principal. Hemangi Worlikar is Sena’s deputy mayor candidate. However, for Vishwanath Mahadeshwar the ride from nomination to mayor election date has not been smooth. He has been alleged to have grabbed a flat meant for BMC employees and have obtained salary from government-aided college during elections. While the Sena has denied such allegations, both the cases are in court. Sena has planned a victory march in an open bus from BMC headquarters to Hutatama Chowk after the mayor elections.
As it happened...
4.32 pm: Sena candidate Hemangi Worlikar poised to win the deputy mayoral election.
4.30 pm: BJP supports Sena for deputy mayor position
4.06 pm: NCP does not vote for Congress candidates in mayor and deputy mayor elections.
4.05 pm: Deputy mayor proceedings start. Congress votes for their candidate Vinni D’souza.
3.51 pm: 218 corporators participated in the voting procedure for mayoral election, of which 16 abstained from voting. Another 8 were absent from the meeting and one corporator was not present inside the civic hall at the time of voting
3.43 pm: Mayor announces deputy mayor candidates after scrutinising nomination forms of Sena candidate Hemangi Worlikar and Congress candidate Vinni D’souza.
3.41 pm: Proceedings to elect deputy mayor to begin now.
3.40 pm: The newly-elected mayor announced group leaders of five political parties, doesn’t announce MNS group leader
3.29 pm: New Mumbai mayor promises corporators to speed up several projects in BMC.
3.25 pm: Mahadeshwar gives a winning speech at the floor of house, thanks Thackerays for believing in him
3.19 pm: Outgoing mayor Snehal Ambekar felicitates Mahadeshwar.
3.18 pm: Despite showing support for each other, Shiv Sena corporators raise slogans cheering Bal Thackeray and their BJP counterparts raise that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
3.14pm: Geeta Gawli also voted for Mahadeshwar.
3.02 pm: Vishwanath Mahadeshwar wins by 171 votes, becomes Mumbai’s 76th mayor.
3.01 pm: Procedure of casting votes through video-recording and signatures over.
2.33 pm: Samajwadi Party’s six and NCP’s nine corporators have abstained from exercising their voting rights in mayoral election.
2.05 pm: Manoj Kotak, BJP leader, said as per BJP Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar’s order, they have voted for Shiv Sena.
1.51 pm: Independent corporator Mumtaz Rehbar Khan from ward no 102 at Bandra, who had supported BJP, does not vote for Shiv Sena and stays neutral
1.50 pm: Voting by show of hands is over. Corporators are appearing before the camera one by one to formally cast their vote.
1.32 pm: Announcement of Mumbai mayor just a formality now. Shiv Sena gets over 160 out of 227 votes with support of BJP
1.28 pm: Commuters face traffic snarls as supporters gather outside BMC headquarters.
1.20pm: Voting process underway. Official announcement yet to be made. Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar likely to be winner.
MNS corporators are absent during Mumbai Mayor's election in BMC house.— ANI (@ANI_news) March 8, 2017
12.45 pm: Shiv Sena corporators one by one sign in favour of party candidate Mahadeshwar.
12.34 pm: BJP votes for Shiv Sena’s mayor candidate
12.33 pm: As none of the nominations were taken back the outgoing mayor Snehal Ambekar starts the proceedings again.
12.27 pm: Sena MP and party secretary Anil Desai and Sena legislator Anil Parab present in BMC civic hall’s viewing gallery for the Mayoral election proceedings.
12. 20 pm: Mayoral candidates are Vishwanath Mahadeshwar from Shiv Sena and Vitthal Lokare from Congress.
12.18 pm: Ambekar gives 15 minutes to mayoral candidates to withdraw their candidature.
12.17 pm: Outgoing mayor Snehal Ambekar announces the mayor candidates after scrutinising nomination forms of Shiv Sena and Congress nominees.
12.13 pm: House proceedings begin.
12.10 pm: Corporators across all parties shout slogans in the civic hall.
12.03 pm: BJP corporators enter the hall while raising slogans in support of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
12.01 pm: Shiv Sena corporators enter civic hall for the mayoral election.
11.55 am: They leave for the House for the mayoral election.
11.50 am: Shiv Sena corporators hold an internal meeting in BMC HQ.
11.43 am: Heavy police bandobast outside BMC headquarters ahead of mayoral election.
11.38 am: Mahadeshwar arrives at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation headquarters. Voting to begin at 12pm.
10.24 am: Shiv Sena’s mayor candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar leaves from his home for BMC headquarters as the mayoral elections are to be held today.