The entire country is bracing for the Lok Sabha elections, while the political parties have already begun the round of campaigning and have put their best candidates at the fray. One of the interesting seat to look out for in Mumbai is Mumbai North constituency. For the Mumbai North Constituency, BJP’s Gopal Shetty, the sitting lawmaker will face his opponent Congress’ Urmila Matondkar. The last time he defeated Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam.
For a long time, Mumbai North was represented by veteran BJP leader Ram Naik, now governor of Uttar Pradesh. In the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Naik was defeated by actor Govinda (Congress). In the 2009 polls, Naik was defeated by Nirupam by a narrow margin.
Maharashtra’s 48 constituencies will vote to elect members to the Lok Sabha in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. Lok Sabha Elections are just around the corner and with polls nearing people want to know about their constituencies. So to make simple for the voters the Free Press Journal has made a report card of the constituency.
Here’s all you need to know about Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency:
Sitting MP- Gopal Shetty (Bharatiya Janata Party)
Votes won in 2014: 6,64,004
Winning margin: 3,80,000
Questions asked in Parliament: 450
Private Members’ Bills introduced: 30
Borivali (MLA Vinod Tawde), Dahisar (MLA Manisha Choudhary), Magathane (MLA Prakash Surve), Kandivali East (MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar), Charkop (MLA Yogesh Sagar), Malad West (MLA Aslam Shaikh)
MPLAD Spending: Rs 12.5 Cr
Net Assets: 9.56 crore
Main Rival: Urmila Matondkar (Congress)
Pending Court Cases:
IPC 37/135 Bombay Police Act – Prevention of disorder, IPC 143 Punishment, IPC 145 Joining or continuing in unlawful assembly, knowing it has been commanded to disperse, IPC 147 Punishment for rioting, IPC 149 Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object, IPC 341 Punishment for wrongful restraint, IPC 332 Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty, IPC 188. Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, IPC 323. Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, IPC 427 Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees, IPC 353 Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from in charge of his duty, IPC 336 Act endangering life or personal safety of others, IPC 506 Punishment for criminal intimidation, IPC 144 Joining unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapon, IPC 420 Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, IPC 148 Rioting, armed with deadly weapon, IPC 151 Knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse, IPC 152 Assaulting or obstructing public servant when suppressing riot, etc., `IPC 342 Punishment for wrongful confinement, IPC 142 Being member of unlawful assembly.
Issues: Traffic, water
Things to know about the candidates:
Gopal Chinayya Shetty is member of parliament from Mumbai North. Previously, he was a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Borivali Vidhan Sabha constituency.
Urmila Matondkar Is a first contestant, who has been a film star. The constituency has a record of proving lucky to first-time actor-candidates. The Massom girl, who won hearts as a child actor and later rocked the nation with her smart dance moves and acting in Rangeela, is now aiming to win hearts through ballots.
What the people think about their sitting Member of Parliament:
Amol Jadhav, activist
As Lok Sabha MP Gopal Shetty was not seen on the ground and has never helped people in the constituency. He nothing besides land grab under the pretext of building maidans and gardens. He is not approachable,” Amol Jadhav, activist.
Rate your MP: 1/10
Anand Alahat, activist, Malad east resident
“Gopal Shetty’s performance is very poor. Never helped people in the constituency and was never seen in areas like Malad east,” Anand Alahat, activist, Malad east resident.
Rate your MP: 1/10