Congress candidate from South Mumbai, Milind Deora, appears to be trailing behind Shiv Sena candidate Arvind Sawant by over 36,000 votes. While Sawant has managed to secure a lead with 1,16,935 votes, Deora had secured 80,427 votes after Round 5 of counting.
This isn’t the first time the two candidates are facing off against each other. Milind Deora won the South Mumbai seat, considered to be a Congress stronghold, in 2004 and 2009. In 2014 however, Deora lost the constituency to Arvind Sawant by a margin of 1,44,154 votes.
Ahead of polling for the Lok Sabha elections, Reliance Industries chairman, Mukesh Ambani, had publicly endorsed Milind Deora. In a video shared by Deora, Ambani can be heard saying, “Milind is the man for South Mumbai.”
Mukesh Ambani then went on to add,
"“Having represented South Bombay for 10 years, I believe Milind has in-depth knowledge of the social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the South Bombay constituency.”" - Mukesh Ambani
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