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Man Of The Match: The Joker Cometh

As trends became clear by afternoon, an irrepressible Raj Thackeray declared: "The Shiv Sena ate into my vote"...

Man Of The Match: The Joker Cometh
Dinesh Parab
Man Of The Match: The Joker Cometh
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As trends became clear by afternoon, an irrepressible Raj Thackeray declared: "The Shiv Sena ate into my vote". Typically cheeky and audacious, the remark demonstrated his three-year-old Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s ability to claw away at the traditional voter base of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in most of the 12 seats it contested, enabling opposition Congress or Nationalist Congress Party candidates to scrape through. At the end of the day, the Congress won 17 seats, NCP 8, the Shiv Sena 11, the BJP 9 and Independents 3 seats.

When the full transcript of the 2009 LS election in Maharashtra is written, the Congress will undoubtedly hog the major roles by dint of the sheer doggedness with which its leaders put up a fight and made gains over the 2004 tally. But alongside this, the story will have to accommodate the "MNS Effect", Raj’s party acting the spoiler for the Sena-BJP. Examples abound. In Mumbai South, Bala Nandgaonkar (MNS) took away over 1.20 lakh votes and Milind Deora (Congress) won by...

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