Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Congress sweeps Nanded civic polls, opposition routed

Congress sweeps Nanded civic polls, opposition routed

The results of the crucial 81-seat Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC) will be announced today. Its candidate Jagruti Patil won the seat after beating Shiv Sena nominee Minakshi Patil by 4,792 votes.

The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena.

The Nanded civic polls is a fierce fight between the ruling Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena. While the Congress was fighting to retain the seat, the Shiv Sena and BJP were trying to dethroning it. The BJP and the Shiv Sena, partners in the central government and in Maharashtra, contested the civic polls separately, with the bitter campaign highlighting their strained ties since the BJP's rise as the state's number 1 party after national and assembly elections in 2014.Though the two parties had nearly the same number of seats, the BJP said it would not challenge the Sena for the post of Mayor.The BJP's goodwill gesture after the BMC elections was seen also as an acknowledgment of the role the Shiv Sena plays in supporting the Maharashtra government of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

There are total 81 seats. Elections to the civic body were held on Wednesday.

Samajwadi Party is contesting on 24 seats. This had anxious the Congress. "The Congress wipes out BJP", an elated Ashok Chavan tweeted.

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

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

The area is state party chief Ashok Chavan's stronghold, and over 60% turnout was observed on Wednesday.

Both, the Congress and BJP had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control over the civic body in the city renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, which is one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of the legendary Sikh spiritual leader, Guru Gobind Singh.

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