BMC polls: Mumbai turns out in record number
The BMC elections being held for 227 municipal wards has 2275 candidates in the fray.
Mumbai registered a higher turnout in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections on Tuesday, with reports saying the city witnessed a voter turnaround of 52.17 percentage.
The BMC elections being held for 227 municipal wards has 2275 candidates in the fray. The civic body has set up 7304 polling booths at 1582 places for approximately 91 lakh voters.
Amongst those who lined up to cast their votes are Rekha, Uddhav Thackeray, Raj Thackeray, Tina Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Devendra Fadnavis etc. In addition, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Shraddha Kapoor and Bhagyashree visited polling stations today.
Earlier, the BMC had appealed to the voters to come out in large numbers and cast vote. "We are ready to help you exercise your franchise. Please take part in this democratic process from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm and cast your vote," the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had said in a statement.
This is the first time in over 2 decades that despite being in coalition for state government, BJP and Sena are fighting the civic polls separately. Others contesting elections are Congress, NCP and MNS.
According to the report, BJP expects 55 per cent voter turnout in the BMC elections and has appointed one person per 200 voters to ensure they exercise their franchise. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is pulling out all the stops to capture power at the country's richest civic body and attacked the Uddhav Thackeray-led party relentlessly during the campaigning.
The elections are being dubbed as 'mini assembly' elections for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as he has gone on record to say that he will be responsible if the party loses the polls.
The counting of the votes is scheduled for February 23. The voting percentage in the BMC polls held in 2007 and 2012 stood at 42 per cent and 45 per cent respectively.