State housing minister Sachin Ahir and Health Minister Suresh Shetty lost by heavy margins in their respective constituencies; four-time Bandra West MLA Baba Siddiqui and three-time Colaba MLA Annie Shekhar also lost out
Sunday brought bad news for former ministers and incumbent MLAs, mainly from the Congress and NCP, as the election results showed voters had rejected them. Among the heavyweights who bit the dust were State Housing Minister Sachin Ahir, Health Minister Suresh Shetty, four-time Bandra West MLA Baba Siddiqui and three-time Colaba MLA Annie Shekhar.
Shiv Sena’s Ramesh Latke won in Andheri East with 52,817 votes, defeating Health Minister Suresh Shetty. Pic/Rane Ashish
Three more former ministers and incumbent MLAs Kripashankar Singh from Congress, Nawab Malik from the NCP and Chandrakant Handore from Congress were booted out. Singh lost Kalina by 7,120 votes, Malik bowed out of Anushakti Nagar by a margin of 1,007 votes and Handore lost Chembur by 10,027 votes. All of them were defeated by Shiv Sena candidates.
Shiv Sena’s Sunil Shinde, with 60,625 votes, handed a defeat to former NCP Housing Minister Sachin Ahir, who got 37,613 votes. Shinde was the erstwhile BEST Committee chairman and a former corporator and Ahir was touted as a favourite for this seat. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Two-time MLA Madhu Chavan from Congress lost his Byculla seat to first-timer Wasir Pathan from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. In the island city, three-time Congress MLA from Colaba, Annie Shekhar, was unseated by BJP’s Raj Purohit by a margin of 23,787 votes. In fact, Shekhar came third Purohit won the seat with 52,608 votes, Shiv Sena’s Pandurang Sakpal was second with 28,821 votes, and Shekhar received 20,410 votes.
Four-time Congress MLA from Bandra West, Baba Siddiqui (left), lost to BJP city unit chief Ashish Shelar by 26,911 votes. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
In the western suburbs, two Sena heavyweights tasted defeat at the hands of former ally BJP’s candidates. In Goregaon, incumbent Subhash Desai lost out to hitherto unknown Vidya Thakur (63,629 votes) by a margin of 4,756 votes. In Dahisar, Vinod Ghosalkar, another Sena favourite, lost out to Manisha Chaudhary (77,238 votes) by a margin of 38,578 votes.
Some MLAs, however, were able to retain their bastions. Congress’s Amin Patel (38,188 votes) was elected MLA of Mumbadevi for the second time, with a margin of 8,513 votes. BJP’s Malabar Hill MLA, Mangal Prabhat Lodha (97,818), won by an astounding margin of 68,686 votes. The runner-up, from the Sena, was far behind with 29,132 votes.