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Number 13 lucky for Cong-NCP, MNS too

mumbai Updated: Oct 22, 2009 23:03 IST

The number 13 is considered inauspicious by many but it proved lucky for ruling Congress-NCP combine as counting for October 13 Assembly elections saw it retain power in Maharashtra.

"For us, 13 is a lucky number as my father Bal Thackeray launched the 'Marmik' magazine on that date," Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray had said, referring to the date of the poll.

However, there was no solace for Uddhav as he braced for another term with his party in the opposition benches.

Polling was held in all 288 Assembly seats in the state on October 13 in a single phase.

NCP spokesperson Madan Bafna said, "For us, number 13 is auspicious as on this date, people voted to bring back the Congress-NCP government."

"Number 13 is inauspicious for BJP as their earlier governments at the Centre lasted 13 days and 13 months," Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesperson Husain Dalwai said.

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), whose 13 candidates got elected in the elections, considers number 13 "neither auspicious nor inauspicious."

"Our party represents the young generation which stays away from such beliefs. We approached voters on basis of our work," MNS spokesperson Shishir Shinde said.