Mumbai, Oct 24 : Opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) appeared all set to touch a 100-seat tally against the BJP-Sena count of 160 seats in the 288-member Assembly.
The remaining seats were being conquered by independents and smaller parties – a situation with serious ramifications on the emerging political permutations and combinations. Perturbing the ally BJP, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut firmly demanded a 50:50 power sharing formula this afternoon.
Another senior Sena leader hinted that subject to the final outcome of the results, its understanding with the ally BJP "could be reviewed" amid newly available political options before Uddhav Thackeray.
Against this backdrop, the role of independents and smaller parties could be of significance as in many constituencies, they are on way to trouncing the ruling combine candidates.
NCP President Sharad Pawar ominously declared,"defectors have been rejected by the people," and gave full credit to the undying efforts of the NCP and ally Congress activists for the good results, far from the predictions of various exit polls three days ago. Several prominent heavyweights from the BJP, notably Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde in Parli (Beed) assembly seat and Satara Lok Sabha bypoll candidate Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale, bit the dust on their home turfs.
Both were vanquished by rival NCP's Dhananjay Munde and Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil, respectively, stunning the BJP. Incidentally, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had campaigned for minister Pankaja.
Among prominent Shiv Sainiks who lost in this polls are Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar in Bandra East – the home constituency of the First Family of Mumbai, the Thackerays, and the high-profile encounter cop Pradeep Sharma in Nala Sopara (Palghar) trounced by Bahujan Vikas Aghadi's Kshitij Thakur.(UNI)