The Brihan Mumbai Corporation election results suggest that the Catholic community, longtime Congress loyalists, are drifting away from the party.
The suburbs of Bandra, Khar and Santacruz, a traditional
Christian-East Indian borough known for its staunch support to the
Congress, elected only two corporators from the party this time.
2012 civic polls, seven of the 17 seats in the two wards – H west and H
east – were with Congress.
The two Congress candidates who
managed to withstand the BJP-Sena onslaught were Asif Zakaria in Hill
Road-Perry Road and Tulip Miranda in Vakola-Kalina.
corporator Karen D'Mello lost to BJP's Swapna Mhatre, former corporator
Kavita Rodrigues lost to Mumtaz Khan, an Independent and wife of a
BJP had already made strong inroads into the
area in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls with Poonam Mahajan defeating
two-time Congress MP Priya Dutt and Ashish Shelar defeating Baba
Siddique; the trend seems to hold.
Surprisingly, Zakaria won
despite BJP playing the community card by fielding local activist Deryk
Talker. Zakaria said citizens in the ward had seen his work. "It's
people's verdict...I will continue to work in their interests," he said.
in parts of Borivali like IC Colony, which has a substantial Catholic
population, Sena retained its hold. Former MLA Vinod Ghosalkar's
daughter-in-law Tejasvee Ghosalkar won from the area.