How BJP Victory in MLC Polls Spelt Trouble for MVA Alliance

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, 20 June, won 5 out of 10 seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections, triggering fears of cross-voting within the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance.

Soon after, Shiv Sena MLA and a close confidante of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Eknath Shinde, with the help of former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, holed up at least 30 Shiv Sena MLAs in a resort in Gujarat’s Surat, jeopardising the future of the MVA government in the state.

We look at how the MLC elections were a warning to the Shiv Sena about the rebellion brewing within the party, as the BJP needed 17-18 votes to win its fifth seat, which they somehow managed to attain and emerged victorious.

Eleven candidates were in the fray for the 10 MLC seats, for which BJP had enough votes to win only four seats. But still, the party fielded a fifth candidate. Similarly, the Congress also had votes enough for one seat but they fielded candidates hoping for two.

Now, the fight was between the Congress and the BJP for the tenth seat.

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