Its Sweepstakes for Congress at Maha Civic Polls, BJP Emerges Stronger
It’s celebrations hour at the Congress camp which swept the Naned Waghala City Municipal Corporation Elections.According to the results declared by the Maharashtra State Election Commission, Congress led the tally bagging 69 out of the 81 seats surpassing BJP winning 6 seats and Shiv Sena One.
Meanwhile, BJP blew the trumpet of its win in all the four municipal corporations by-elections seats in Mumbai, Kolhapur, Nagpur, and Pune here on Wednesday. In the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) by polls BJP candidate Jagruti Patel defeated Shiv Sena candidate Minakshi Patil with a narrow margin by winning 11, 129 votes, grabbing the conventional Congress berth.
In the Nagpur Municipal Corporation by polls, BJP’s Sandeep Gavai won from ward no.35-A. In the Pune Municipal Corporation Himali Navnath Kamble of BJP won from ward no. 21 A. Meanwhile the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation represented by Tararani Aghadi Paksha which is in alliance with BJP has been captured by Ratnesh Shitolkar.
All in all, in the entire Maharashtra both the BJP and the Congress have a reason for fireworks, whereas the regional parties showed a lacklustre performance. While the BJP grabbed the newly formed Panvel municipality, Congress bagged the Bhiwandi seat.
The Malegaon constituency gave a hung verdict with Congress bagging 28 seats and NCP-JDS alliance bagging 27 seats. Shiv Sena grabbed 13 seats with BJP opening it’s account by winning 9 seats.
Panvel Municipal Corporation elections took place for the first time with BJP grabbing 51 out of 78 wards and the PWP-NC-INC alliance winning 27 seats.
Sadly Shiv Sena received a big blow as it was unable to win even a single seat.
Launching a scathing attack at Uddhav Thakrey led Shiv Sena, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had warned people from voting Shiv Sena as that would indirectly refer to bringing Congress to power.
In the Bhiwandi Nizampur corporation, Congress won a majority of 49 out of 90 seats which is a major paradigm shift since 2012 when it had to tie up with Shiv Sena to bag the mayor position.
Both Malegaon and Bhiwandi are Muslim dominant areas where BJP showed slim chances of winning.
In the Naned-Waghala Municipal Corporation elections, Congress took a clean sweep winning 69 out of 81 seats. This is the home turf of former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who retained his power defeating BJP and Shiv Sena who barely managed to win 4 and 1 seats respectively. Congress has ruled the Naned constituency for past two decades and this is yet another feather in its cap. While BJP tried a tooth and nail fight to grab more seats but had to eat a humble pie.
The AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen which won 11 seats in the last Municipal Elections was completely routed with no seats at all.
Even though BJP finished second to Congress in the Maharashtra civic polls, it has undoubtedly consolidated its position since its major win in the general elections three years ago and the assembly elections a few months later, by winning 12 out of the 16 civic bodies by polls.