Ahead of the 2014 polls, the Congress wrenched the Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad municipal corporation in western Maharashtra from ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) following an acrimonious campaign.
For the party, which secured a majority bagging 40 of the 78 seats, it is a much sought-after victory at the local level. The results are a major setback for the NCP, which had controlled this civic body since its formation in 2008. The party has bagged only 18 seats.
The election was marked by a bitter campaign, which saw the state’s ruling allies flinging allegations at one another.
“The NCP-controlled civic body failed to meet its promise to the people,” said Congress state party president Manikrao Thakre. NCP rural development minister Jayant Patil, who has been controlling the civic body and was the face of the campaign, will face flak for the poor results.