Mumbai News Live: In a major blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday swept the state Legislative Council polls by getting all its five candidates – Pravin Darekar, Ram Shinde, Shrikant Bharatiya, Uma Khapre and Prasad Lad elected. On the other hand, the ruling alliance was left red-faced as Congress’ Dalit face, Chandrakant Handore, lost out following cross-voting by at least three MLAs each of Shiv Sena and Congress, and furthermore from its smaller alliance partners. This is the second consecutive loss for the ruling MVA in a matter of two weeks as the BJP had, on June 10, managed to trump MVA in the Rajya Sabha polls.
The BJP, which had 106 votes in the Assembly, polled 133 votes. The additional 27 votes from other parties and Independents paved the way forward for its victory against MVA, which was more certain of achieving the numbers.
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