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Mumbai civic polls: BMC rubbishes claim of Independent who claimed he received zero votes

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According to a BMC report furnished by the Kurla Returning Officer, Shirsat has received 44 votes from all booths in the constituency. The report further stated that apart from Shirsat, two candidates also received equal number of votes. 

Mumbai: Soon after an independent candidate of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections claimed to have received zero votes in the recently held civic elections, B G Pawar, the Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Election), rubbished such claims saying that the minimum number of votes was nine.

Shrikant Shirsat, the Independent candidate, who contested from Sakinaka, had alleged he had got no votes despite polling for himself. He also claimed his family had voted for him. He demanded a probe into the Electronic Voting Machine tampering.


Speaking exclusively to the Free Press Journal, Pawar, who was specially appointed for election duty, rebuked these claims. “If a candidate would have received zero votes, it would have been immediately reported to the Returning Officer. However, no such incident has been notified in entire city.”

According to a BMC report furnished by the Kurla Returning Officer (RO), Shirsat has received 44 votes from all booths in the constituency. The report further stated that apart from Shirsat, two more candidates received equal number of votes. Both Dharmraj Hotkar from the Jan Kalyan Sena and Vikrant Pandhre, an Independent candidate, received 44 votes.

Pawar added that a candidate from the Republican Party of India (RPI), Anil Kokane, who was contesting from Kandivali’s Shivaji Nagar, has received nine votes that is the least number of votes received by a candidate in the BMC elections.

Out of the 31 candidates who contested from Sakinaka in Andheri (East), Harish Bhadange the candidate from Bhartiya Janata Party received the maximum number of votes, which were 7,262. However, Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi tweeted about the allegations of rigged EVMs.

In his tweet, Sisodia said, “A candidate got zero votes at his home booth, where he and his family voted in BMC elections. Do the winners have any solid alibis to counter this?”