Barring a few, majority of the turncoats that had donned other party colours for the elections suffered a setback. While Prabhakar Shinde, who had joined BJP from Sena won from Mulund, the likes of Mangesh Bhanushali, who had defected from BJP to Sena, and Prakash Darekar, who had gone on to contest on BJP symbol, had to face a defeat on Thursday after the civic polls were announced.
Devendra Amberkar, who joined Sena from the Congress, lost to Rohan Rathod, a newbie from BJP, in Andheri. However, Mukesh Karia, said to be a threat to Neil Somaiya, joined Sena from BJP and faced defeat also had to face defeat, from Mulund area. Dinesh Panchal, who had defected to BJP from Shiv Sena, lost against Congress candidate Vitthal Lokare, from Deonar.
Amberkar said, “After Congress, I joined the Sena, and I tried my best to win but could not.”
Even Tejaswini Ambole, wife of former BEST committee chairman Sanjay Ambole, was poached from the Sena by the BJP, who considered her to be a strong candidate. She suffered defeat as Parel voted for Sena candidate Sindhu Masurkar. After being denied a ticket by the Congress from ward 223 – Bhendi Bazar and Dongri, — Waqarunissaa Ansari, four term corporator who joined AIMIM, lost to Congress’ Nikita Nikam.
Anita Panchal who had defected from Shiv Sena to BJP won against Sena’s Kamini Shewale. Snehal More, who defected from Sena and fought as an independent candidate won Ghatkopar. Kesarben Patel, a Congress corporator who joined BJP won from Andheri (east). Muraji Patel from Congress, husband of Kesarben, also had defected with her to BJP and won in Andheri (east). The Sena had poached Riddhi Khursange and Sandhya Doshi from the NCP and both managed to win seats from R (central) ward.
Ashraf Aazmi and his wife Dilshad Aazmi, who were defected to Congress from Samajwadi Party before elections, won from Kurla (west).