In an electoral setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in north Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena pulled off a coup by clinching the mayoral submit in the Jalgaon Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Thursday.
The Sena’s Jayshree Mahajan was elected because the Mayor of the Jalgaon civic physique after 30 corporators from the BJP crossed over to the Sena, thus bolstering the latter social gathering which hitherto solely had a power of 15 corporators in the 75-seat JMC.
Three corporators from the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen additionally threw in their lot with the Sena, which took the power of the latter social gathering’s camp to 48.
While Ms. Mahajan polled 45 votes, the BJP’s candidate, Pratibha Kapse, secured 30 votes.
This is the Sena’s second blow to the BJP in lower than a month. Earlier this month, the previous social gathering adopted an analogous stratagem of poaching BJP corporators in the Sangli civic physique to dislodge the latter from energy.