Mumbai South Will Stay With Shiv Sena, Aaditya Thackeray says Maharashtra Will Stay With NDA, Sena, Congress vie for Marathi. It’s three days to go for polling. The Gujarati Jains, who are predominantly engaged in business, usually prefer the BJP. But this time, the late Murli Deora’s son, Milind, is the Congress candidate, and like his father, who had networked his way into the business community, Milind Deora too is wooing them big time.
In South Mumbai, home to some of India’s richest, Congress’s Milind Deora and Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant are making every effort to reach out to voters. While both candidates say they are confident of winning, both have turned to the traditional style of campaigning.
The constituency has more than 15.30 lakh voters in six assembly constituencies. While Worli and Seweri have the highest number of Marathi voters, Byculla and Mumbadevi have a large number of Muslims. Milind Deora said in the last five years, Mumbai had “lost its voice” because people ignored their candidates and voted for the “Modi wave”.
In 2014, Sawant was elected to represent the constituency in the Parliament with a margin of 1.25 lakh votes against two-time former MP Milind Deora. The constituency, which has a mix of middle class and upscale, wealthy residents, had then recorded an unprecedented voter turnout of 53 per cent.