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Lok Sabha elections 2019: New face for North East Mumbai, but the result may be same old for BJP

Higher voter turnouts were from the areas of Mulund (56.94%) and Ghatkopar East (57.60%), which are considered to be Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongholds owing to the large Gujarati population in these areas.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 07:55 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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A family from Bhandup poses after exercising their franchise on Monday.(HT Photo)

The Mumbai North East constituency, which includes the areas of Mulund, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Vikhroli and Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar, saw a voter turnout of 56.31% on Monday.

Higher voter turnouts were from the areas of Mulund (56.94%) and Ghatkopar East (57.60%), which are considered to be Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongholds owing to the large Gujarati population in these areas. There are close to two lakh Gujarati voters in the constituency, many of whom have pledged their support to BJP’s Manoj Kotak — who is a three-time corporator from Mulund.

The Maharastrian population-dominated segments such as Bhandup and Vikhroli saw the turnout getting better towards the end of the voting. Both these seats have Sena MLAs and the Sena’s ability to transfer these votes to the BJP would be the deciding factor in this constituency. The voting pattern on Monday was probably not good news for the NCP’s Sanjay Dina Patil as the Assembly segment of Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar recorded a 41.82% voter turnout, the lowest among all six state Assembly segments in the Lok Sabha constituency.

This Assembly segment has a majority of Muslim voters, who are supporting Patil. Noor Khan, 28, a resident of Govandi, said, “Majority of the people are voting for Patil as we do not want to vote for BJP.”

Monday’s turnout is also more than that of the 2014 Lok Sabha election when the Mumbai North East constituency recorded a 51.70% turnout.

“As the turnout is better from BJP’s strongholds, Kotak has definitely got an edge,” a BJP worker said.

Earlier during campaigning, Patil did get an edge over Kotak as the latter replaced sitting BJP MP Kirit Somaiya as the candidate.

Patil had also got the support of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 07:04 IST