The much-heated by-election in Andheri East between the two newly named factions of Shiv Sena was held on 3rd November 2022 and 31.37% votes were cast in total. Following the poll, the Andheri election results came on 7 November and Rutuja Latke, a candidate of Thackeray’s ShivSena achieved victory by winning 66,247 votes. Read on to know why the Andheri Election results are an important win for the party and who were the opposing candidates.
Andheri Election Results – Thackeray’s Win In Andheri
After ShivSena was dismantled into two factions, Thackeray’s Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray ShivSena and Shinde’s Balasahebanchi ShivSena, this was the first election in which the two parties competed with new names and symbols. And Uddhav Thackeray’s party candidate Rutuja Latke brought the most sought-after first win to the party.
The only prominent competing party in Andheri East by-elections was BJP who withdrew their candidate at the last moment, citing it as a step taken in respect of the late ShivSena MLA, Ramesh Latke who was also the husband of Rutuja Latke.
Eknath Shinde‘s ShivSena doesn’t have much of a presence in the East Andheri area and they weren’t much into the competition as well. And after BJP’s withdrawal, the Thackeray faction was mostly on its own. Even Raj Thackeray had come forward to ask BJP not to field their candidate in this election.
Andheri election results might surely uplift the spirits of Thackeray’s Shiv Sena but the party splitting is still under observation for whom to give the major rights to use the original party name. While the Election Commission has put the name on hold and distributed new names to the party, it will be worth watching when the two are against each other in a major election in Maharashtra.
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