BMC Elections 2017 Live Updates: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Elections 2017 are taking place on February 21 and the results of the same will be announced on February 23 – it is called the richest civic body in the country having a budget of over Rs 30,000 cr. However, despite the riches, the public faces problems for as basic a commodity as water. Promises have been made by parties for an uninterrupted supply (24/7) but that has not happened. For the first time, BMC election is witnessing a fight between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, other parties that fighting along are Congress, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). BJP and Shiv Sena are at the forefront of the battle, while the other 3 parties are suffering reverses.
12:50 PM: Varun Dhawan arrived to vote but didn’t find his name on the list. He said, it’s bizarre because he voted last year and will find out with Election Commission why his name is missing.
12:45 PM: Mumbai witnessed a voting of 16.40% till 11:30 AM in the morning and the highest voting turnover was in Borivlili at 9.91%.
12:25 PM: “I request people of Maharashtra to use their right to vote. It is your duty and if you won’t invest your time in it, democracy will never improve. So, take out some time from your schedule and please vote today,” says Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra.
12:20 PM: Actors Ranveer Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, John Abraham cast their votes. A lot of political leaders like Sharad Pawar and Raj Thackeray have also voted so far.
11:50 AM: Shaina NC casts her vote after the authorities helped her with the formalities. She couldn’t vote earlier in the day as her name was missing from the voter list.
10: 12 AM: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is in Nagpur to cast his vote. “Voters will decide the winners but with the kind of work we have done, we should get at least 100 votes,” he said.
10:10 AM: Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar casts her vote and has attacked the Mumbai government. She questioned, “Why are we spending Rs 23,000 Cr on statutes? We should focus on Should focus on traffic, safety and pollution.”
9:55 AM: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar casts his vote at booth number 11 Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.
9:5o AM: Central railway’s public relation officer Narendra Patil cast his vote in Mumbai.
9:40 AM: Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Ajoy Mehta casts his vote at polling booth number 214 (18), located at Mumbai’s Pedder Road.
9:35 AM: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya believes that people of Mumbai have lost faith in Shiv Sena. He said that people are with BJP and Mumbai will develop under the able guidance of Devendra Fadnavis.
9:20 AM: NCP leader Sharad Pawar will cast his vote but there is no NCP candidate in his ward. Meanwhile, voting has started in Nashik Municipal Corporation which consists of 122 wards.
9:10 am: The Kurar Police seized two cars full of liquor last night ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls here.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flag was also visible in the cars carrying the liquor. The liquor was seized after a tip-off to police by a person that the liquor were being transported for distributing it ahead of the BMC polls.
9:09 am: Deepak Parekh, Chairman HDFC casts his vote,says, Demonetisation has nothing to do with these polls and we need to move on.
8:22 am: Tina Ambani casts her vote at a polling booth in Colaba, says she voted for good work in Mumbai.
8:03 am: Police are maintaining a strong vigil to avert any untoward incident during polls in city as there are 7,297 polling centres, which include 726 sensitive centres. Besides, 159 pockets of the city are declared as sensitive. Police bandobast has also been done at vital installations the city,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe said.
Aamir Khan – outdoor, Hrithik Roshan – outdoor, Anupam Kher – CapeTown, Rishi Kapoor – Hongkong, Javed Shabana – banglore, Arjun Kapoor – London, Sanjay Dutt – Agra, Ajay Devgn – Jodhpur, Emraan Hashmi – jodhpur, Dia Mirza – outdoor shoot, Saif Ali Khan – Delhi, Kangana Ranaut – Delhi, Akshay Kumar – Bhopal, Priyanka chopra – USA.
7:55 am: State Election Commissioner J. S. Saharia will vote at 10.15 am K C College in Churchgate.
7:52 am:Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam will vote at 12 noon Andheri.
7:50 am: RPI Chief and Minister Ramdas Athwale will vote at 1 pm Navjeevan High School Bandra.
7:48 am: MNS chief Raj Thackeray & family will vote at 9.30 am Balmohan Vidya Mandir, Shivaji Park, Dadar.
7:45 am: Uddhav Thackeray and family will vote at 10.30 am Navjeevan High School in Bandra.
7:40 am: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote at a polling booth in Nagpur.
7:30 am: Voting in Civic Body Polls start in multiple cities of Maharashtra. People queue up at a booth on Mumbai’s Pedder Road.
6:50 am: “This will provide an opportunity for the BJP to expand its base in the metropolis ahead of the Assembly polls of 2019. Had there been an alliance, BJP could not have achieved this,” Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar said.
6:48 am: “(Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray is not even ready to disclose how many seats his party would win. I have shown the courage and I stand by it (claim that BJP will win 114 seats in the 227-member body),” Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar said.
6:45 am: “We are ready to help you exercise your franchise. Please take part in this democratic process on Tuesday from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm and cast your vote,” Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said in a statement.
Shiv Sena entered into an alliance with BJP for the first time in 1989 and thereafter became a coalition partner with NDA since 1998, but lately, the foundation of this alliance has developed cracks. Established in 1882, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is India’s first municipal corporation which is responsible for the urban governance in Greater Mumbai and also the largest local government in the Asian continent. It has worked closely with numerous NGO’s and organisations of citizens in the field of art and culture, education, public health, heritage conservation, a creation of urban amenities, etc. There are a total of 227 seats in BMC’s legislature.