Congress bags 67 of 73 seats, crushes Opposition in Nanded civic polls

Congress bags 67 of 73 seats, crushes Opposition in Nanded civic polls

Congress bags 67 of 73 seats, crushes Opposition in Nanded civic polls

Mumbai: The results of the Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation election 2017 will be announced on Thursday.

BJP, which tried its best to shake the Congress's position, managed to lead in just five seats. Although a Congress stronghold for the last 15 years, this time Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addressed a high-pitched rally in Nanded days before the polling and targeted the Congress and the Shiv Sena. For Bhandup by-poll, Shiv Sena fielded Minakshi Patil, wife of Bhandup MLA Ashok Patil, while the BJP nominated Jagruti Patil, who is a daughter-in-law of deceased Pramila Patil as its candidate.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) the two parties contesting the election in alliance are likely to win a total of 10 seats, the exit polls said.

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The Congress not only retained the civic body but also improved its tally compared to 2012 when it secured 41 seats, proving to be a morale-booster for the party reeling under a saffron onslaught. The counting of votes for the chosen ward, Ward Number 2, will be done twice, once through electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the next time through the VVPATs.

"The return journey for the Congress in Maharashtra has begun in Nanded".

Sitting on 10 seats in the outgoing house, the AIMIM claimed to have the support of the minority and Dalit voters. Ashok Chavan preponderates #BJP in Nanded MC elections.Cong wipes out #BJP.

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He said the people of Nanded had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the Congress and deserved full credit for the party's victory.

Congress that is now ruling the civic body is seeking to retain it while the BJP, that has been thumping all other parties in most local body polls is seeking to seize power in Nanded. Around 60% of the registered voters cast their votes on Wednesday.

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