Congress surges ahead of key rival BJP in Nanded municipal polls

Congress surges ahead of key rival BJP in Nanded municipal polls

In 2012, the Congress had enjoyed the majority by winning 41 seats.

A total of 578 candidates belonging to the ruling Congress, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were in the fray.

The results for crucial Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) election will be announced on Thursday.

The process will start with counting of postal votes. In the outgoing general body of the corporation the Congress had 41 members, followed by NCP (10), Sena (15), MIM (11), BJP (2) and Samvidhan Party (2).The prestige of Ashok Chavan, the former chief minister and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president was at stake in Nanded, where entire BJP has put its force to make him eat a humble pie.

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The voting, which took place on Wednesday, saw a 60 per cent turnout.

BJP's Jagruti Patil defeated Shiv Sena's Meenakshi Patil in Bhandup.

The 81-member civic body is now controlled by the Congress. The Shiv Sena, that stood a distant second during the last elections, is fighting for relevance.

Nanded is the home-turf of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who led the Congress' election campaign while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis spearheaded the BJP's poll strategy. NCP is contesting on 57 seats, Shiv Sena is contesting on 76 seats (73+3), AIMIM and BSP are together contesting on 49 seats, Samajwadi Party is contesting on 24 seats. The BJP that has been riding high on poll success is sure to recreate the magic in Nanded while the Congress is keen on protecting its bastion.

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