Despite numbers, BJP cautious about tomorrows MLC bypoll

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

"In the event, Lad secures 200 votes, it will be a huge setback for both Congress and NCP", he said.

Mumbai: Members of the Maharashtra legislative assembly, the lower house of Maharashtra's bicameral legislature, will vote on Thursday in a bypoll for a single seat in the legislative council, the upper house. However, the opposition will not have sufficient votes to get their candidate elected. "The BJP legislators will have to sign in register at the BJP state office before going to vote to Vidhan Bhavan and even after voting, the legislators will have to sign in the register", said Purohit.

The victor will need the votes of at least 145 MLAs in the 288-member Legislative Assembly, where the BJP has 122 members, followed by Shiv Sena (63), Congress (42) and NCP (41). The saffron party's Mr Lad has received support from Sena which makes the vote tally for the candidate around 185 (BJP has 122 MLAs and Sena 63). The BJP also has the backing of another 16 legislators including Independents and small allies.

The bypoll was necessitated following resignation of former Congress leader Narayan Rane whose Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha is a constituent of the NDA. Congress and NCP has combined have 83 votes.

On the other hand, the Congress has 42 and NCP 41 and a few more MLAs from other parties. "The opposition does not have enough numbers and yet, they have fielded a candidate".

The Congress and NCP are anxious about cross-voting especially after the Presidential poll in July this year which saw the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind getting at least nine extra votes from the Congress and NCP. Though Mr Rane has quit the Congress, Nitesh is still with Congress. When Shiv Sena made it clear it would not support Rane's candidature under any circumstances, Fadnavis picked defector Lad. Hence, the BJP opted for Mr Lad whose name was agreed and supported by the Sena.

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