Riding on the popularity wave of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spread its saffron colour across the country. The picture was not any different in Mumbai as well, an analysis of the 2019 Lok Sabha results has revealed that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance managed to wrest power in 31 out of the 36 Assembly segments in Mumbai.
According to the Indian Express, in the 2014 Assembly polls, the Congress had won four seats — Malad, Chandivali, Mumbadevi, and Dharavi. But this year, the Congress was left behind in many of its bastions by the Shiv Sena and BJP. In Malad and Chandivali, Congress came second behind the BJP. In Malad, which is a part of the Mumbai North constituency, BJP’s Gopal Shetty managed a lead of 20,027 votes over Congress’s Urmila Matondkar. In Chandivali, BJP’s Poonam Mahajan led Congress’s Priya Dutt by over 29,000 votes here.
The analysis, based on data shared by election officials here, also shows that the Marathi vote bank strongly remained with the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, despite efforts by the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to breach it. Among the seats, opposition candidates managed to take a lead in were Dharavi (SC) from Mumbai South Central (8991 votes), Mankhurd from Mumbai North East (41670 votes), Mumbadevi (34869) and Byculla (28675) from Mumbai South and Bandra East (1276) from Mumbai North Central.