Shiv Sena’s Trupti Sawant defeated rival candidate, Congress veteran Narayan Rane by a huge margin of 19,008 votes to win the Bandra east bypolls.
After 19 rounds of counting, Shiv Sena's Trupti Sawant finished with 52,711 votes.
Shiv Sena won the Bandra east bypolls with ease
Congress' Narayan Rane was a distant second with 33703 votes while Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen's (MIM) Rahbar Khan managed only 15,050 votes.
The result sheet
Analysis by Dharmendra Jore
Narayan Rane has come full circle. The Shiv Sainik-turned-Congressman tasted a humiliating defeat in the Sena courtyard from where he built his political decades ago.
Sena candidate Trupti Sawant proved Rane's nemesis in a battle which was hyped in view of the veteran leader's entry in the fray of Assembly bypolls which was necessitated by the death of Sena sitting MLA Bala Sawant in Bandra East segment.
The huge victory margin of Sawant's widow proved that the Sena hasn't forgotten Rane's defection to the Congress a decade ago. Rane had lost the last year's Assembly election to the Sena in Sindhudurg district after winning two assembly polls as a Congress candidate.
The win has stamped the Sena supremacy in Bandra East. On the other hand the loss has put Rane in a situation which raises a big question on the future course of his political career in a party which is in dire straights. The Rane family has a legislator in younger son Nitesh Rane. Nilesh, Rane's elder son has already lost his Parliamentary seat to the Sena. The father expected resurrection through the Bandra East polls. However, he is left with no option, but to impress upon the Congress high command that he has played a martyr in the efforts of reviving the party in Mumbai.
A crumbling Congress found a solace in the defeat as well. State party chief Ashok Chavan told mid-day that the party had increased its vote share as compared to the last elections. "There was no stronger candidate than Rane in the city for this poll. And Rane has proved right by getting more votes though we lost the polls.'
Sena has all reasons to celebrate. It worked in unison to garner a fabulous win. It did not follow Rane in making the election an event. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and polls in-charge Anil Parab ensured that the campaign remained low profile and reached every doorstep in the constituency.
Sena celebrated the victory with the intensity that was missing when it won 63 seats in the last year's assembly polls. Sena workers heckled Rane, clashed with Congress supporters and cheered the fact that they were able to teach Rane a lesson on the pitch which the Congress leader had pledged to damage by winning.
"It was a combined effort against a man who had ditched the Sena. We worked in a manner which ensured us maximum votes. We are happy that we have sent Rane packing," said Parab.
Rane was not available for comments.
AIMIM, which finished third in the last election could not live upto the expectations though it managed to hold onto its votebank