Will Muslim voters back Uddhav Thackeray-led faction’s candidate?

One of the interesting aspects of the forthcoming gathering in Andheri (East) bypoll will be whether Congress votes will roll over to the candidate of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction, who is supported by Congress and the NCP, and whether Muslim voters support the Saffron party, according to political observers.

Although the by-election is a litmus test for Shiv Sena, it will not be a determining factor in the future of the party, founded by Bal Thackeray in 1966, they said. Observers believe the result of the Mumbai citizenship elections due in the next few months will be the “ultimate test” for Uddhav Thackeray. The November 3 side poll will be a direct competition between The Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray (SSUBT) party and the combination of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Eknath Shinde-led faction.

It’s the first election campaign after split in Shiv Sena this led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government a few months ago and the freezing of parent Shiv Sena’s “bow and arrow” symbol by the Electoral Commission. Rutuja Latke, widow of incumbent Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, is the SSUBT nominee, which is supported by the NCP and Congress. She joins BJP’s Murji Patel, who is being joined by ‘Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena’, the new nomenclature for the group headed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Both candidates submitted their nominations on Friday.

“The Andheri sub-poll will see if congressional votes are carried over to Shiv Sena and if Muslim voters cast their votes for Shiv Sena,” senior journalist and author Prakash Akolkar told PTI. He said the Shinde-led faction, which claims to be the “real” Shiv Sena, has given the seat in Andheri (East), which became vacant after the death of Shiv Sena’s (Ramesh Latke) MLA, to their allies “ceded”. BJP.

While the by-election is a litmus test for Shiv Sena, it will not be a determining factor in the party’s future (read Uddhav Thackeray). “Rather, it is the outcome of the Mumbai general election that will decide the future of Shiv Sena. The BMC polls will be the ultimate test for Uddhav Thackeray,” he said. Other political observers believe the side poll will undoubtedly be an indicator of Uddhav Thackeray’s ability to sway the votes.

“The overall mood of Mumbai voters following a massive revolt in Shiv Sena and the collapse of the MVA government can also be gauged from the results,” they said. The counting of votes will begin on November 6th.

The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are members of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), which was formed after the Sena severed decades-old ties to the BJP following Maharashtra’s 2019 elections. Ratnakar Mahajan, senior congressman, said voters loyal to Shiv Sena have always supported the mother party because of the “vague emotional appeal of ‘Marathi Manoos’ and Hindutva.” “This sentiment is now shared due to Shiv Sena’s split,” he said.

Another interesting aspect will be whether the Thackay brand still attracts votes. Andheri East Assembly constituency is one of the 26 segments in the Mumbai Suburban district. It is part of the Mumbai North West Lok Sabha constituency. The congregation segment comprises mostly Marathi voters, followed by North Indians, South Indians, Christians and Muslims.

The late Ramesh Latke snatched the seat from Congress in 2014. In 2009 he was represented by Congressman Suresh Shetty. Latke received 62,680 votes in the 2019 polls. BJP’s Murji Patel, who ran as an independent, received 45,680 votes. Amin Kutty of Congress came third with 27,925 votes.

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