Mumbai records 83 and 53 per cent voting in two constituencies in legislative council elections

It will be interesting to watch the polls as the now-political rivals Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena will be contending the elections against each other over three seats.

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The elections to Mumbai Legislative Council kicked off on Monday. The voting was held for graduates’ and teachers’ constituencies in the city. State-wise, the elections are held in Mumbai Graduates', Mumbai Teachers', Konkan Graduates' and Nashik Teachers' constituencies for the Legislature's Upper House. A total of 71 candidates are contesting for four seats.

Mumbai saw a voting of around 83 per cent and 53 per cent voting in the teachers’ and graduates’ constituencies, respectively. The two seats are part of the elections held for four seats of the state legislative council.

It will be interesting to watch the polls as political rivals Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena will be contending the elections against each other over three seats. Both the parties have pawned in candidates for Mumbai’s graduates’ constituency as well as Mumbai Konkan Constituency.

For Mumbai graduates’ constituency, the BJP has pitted Dr Amit Mehta against Sena’s Vilas Potnis. The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will be in support of Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) candidate advocate Rajendra Korde.

The quest for the teachers’ constituency in Mumbai will be riveting as the Congress and NCP are supporting Lok Bharti candidate and the sitting member of legislative council (MLC) Kapil Patil. BJP’s Anil Deshmukh and Sena’s Shivaji Shendge are contesting against each other for the constituency.

The biennial election will end on July 7 with the expiring term of sitting members — Deepak Sawant (Shiv Sena - Mumbai Graduates) and Kapil Patil (Lok Bharati party - Mumbai Teachers). The counting of votes will be held on June 28.

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