Sena Defeats Abu Azmi's Son In Bhiwandi East Assembly Bypoll
Farhan, son of Abu Azmi, who is in a controversy over his refusal to take oath in Marathi, lost the Bhiwandi East Assembly by-election when he was defeated by Shiv Sena candidate Rupesh Mhatre.
Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh, who is having problems in his party and has recently resigned from all posts in the organisation, had come especially to campaign for Farhan.
While Mhatre got 35,376 votes, Azmi polled 33,700 in the January 20 by-election necessitated by Abu Azmi's resignation from the seat. He had won from two constituencies, Mankhurd in Mumbai and Bhiwandi East, in the October 2009 elections, and vacated the latter.
Mhatre's victory has come as a birthday gift for Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, who turned 84 today. Sena has wrested the seat dominated by members of the minority community.
Congress candidate Muzaffar Hussain, an MLC, finished third bagging 24,418 votes.
Yogesh Patil of Shiv Sena had won the seat in 2004, but it was snatched by the SP last year.
In an unprecedented incident, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena MLAs had attacked Azmi inside the state assembly on November 9 for taking oath in Hindi and not in Marathi against the diktat of MNS chief Raj Thackeray. PTI