Malad Assembly Constituency: Can Congress retain their power in North Mumbai?

The politician was a corporator for the Samajwadi Party between 1997 and 2002. However, he switched to Congress Party in 2002 and was corporator for the political party between 2002 and 2007

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The assembly elections in Maharashtra are scheduled on October 21 and people will vote to elect their representative in 288 constituencies across the state. Out of all the constituencies in Mumbai, the Malad seat is the only constituency that has a Congress MLA. Other than the Malad seat, Shiv Sena is in power in the remaining seats.

The Congress candidate from Malad, Aslam Shaikh is a two-time MLA from the constituency. Shaikh had emerged victorious in the 2009 and 2014 Assembly Elections. 

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In the 2014 elections, he had defeated Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Dr. Ram Barot with a close margin of 2,000 votes to register a successive win. However, this will concern the incumbent MLA as he will look to attract more voters and also, during the 2014 Assembly Elections, Shiv Sena and BJP had contested separately which had contributed to Shaikh's win.

The politician was a corporator for the Samajwadi Party between 1997 and 2002. However, he switched to Congress Party in 2002 and was corporator for the political party between 2002 and 2007. Meanwhile, it is noteworthy that the most corporators in Malad are from Congress. The constituency has three corporators from Congress, two corporators from Shiv Sena and one corporator from MNS.

Previously, in 2009, the Congress MLA had pipped BJP candidate R.U. Singh by 27, 695 votes whereas in 2014, he was able to win by a margin of a mere 2,000 votes against BJP's Dr. Barot. Looking at the close competition, BJP will be fielding Ramesh Singh Thakur this time with Shiv Sena voters at their aid.

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