Even though elections in four townships recorded more than a 50 per cent voter turnout, they were marred by minor clashes and cases of bogus voting. While there was 52 per cent voting in Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad saw 65 per cent voting and there was 50 per cent voting in Badlapur and Ambernath.
The ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is looking to continue its reign while the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance and the Congress are hoping to upset Maharashtra excise minister Ganesh Naik’s applecart.
Political parties expressed confidence of winning the elections. Ganesh Naik said, “The people of the city have voted for development. They want our government to continue, and I am confident that the NCP will get a majority.”
Navi Mumbai Shiv Sena chief Vijay Chougule said: “The people are going to show the door to the NCP this time. Their decision is final and there is no escaping it.”
In Navi Mumbai, there was stone pelting between the Congress and the NCP workers near Moraj Residence. The police rushed to the spot to contain the situation and made preventive arrests.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe said: “We made 43 preventive arrests in Navi Mumbai. About 33 of these were from Moraj area. The situation was brought under control within minutes. Ten bogus voting cases were registered in the city.” Bogus voting cases were also reported from Koparkhairane, CBD Belapur, Airoli, Sanpada and Vashi.
In Aurangabad, there were clashes between BJP and Congress workers. The newly elected independent MLA Pradeep Jaiswal has been floating the Congress-NCP-City Progressive Front, whereas Shiv Sena and BJP are once again in an alliance to stay in power in the city. Two seats from Ambernath have already been declared unopposed. In Badlapur, one seat has been declared unopposed. Counting of the votes will be done on Monday.
ACP Mandaleshwar Kale, Ulhasnagar said, “In Ambernath on Saturday night, Independent Candidate Anita Mhatre’s workers found that Councilor and ex-vice president of Ambernath Municipal Council Abdul Sheikh was distributing money amongst the voters. When Mhatre’s workers confronted him and lodged a complaint, Sheikh and his men allegedly attacked them, injuring 6 persons. In Badlapur, except minor incidents in Kharvai, Juveli and Mankuli village, polling in the rest of the area was smooth and peaceful.
(With inputs from Kiran Sonawane and G. Mohiuddin Jeddy)