The BJP suffered a major setback in Chandrapur city when the Congress emerged victorious in the municipal corporation elections.
This victory of the Congress is seen as a blow not only for the BJP but also to its state president Sudhir Munganttiwar, who hails from Chandrapur.
Munganttiwar, who was once the BJP MLA from Chandrapur and now represents neighbouring Ballarshah in the state Assembly camped there during elections and even took the help of the national president, Nitin Gadkari for campaigning. However, the saffron party finished with 18 seats of 66-member house.
Earlier, the BJP suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of Congress in Ballarshah municipality elections, the home turf of Munganttiwar, held last year.
The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the elections. It bagged 26 while the Shiv Sena and NCP got only 5 and 4 seats respectively. Among the prominent losers include: Dr Suresh Mahakulkar of Congress, the president of outgoing Chandrapur municipality and the former president of municipality, Deepak Jaiswal of NCP.
The former Lok Sabha member and the senior Congress leader of Chandrapur, Naresh Pugalia said that the Congress would form the civic body as most of the independents are Congress rebels. As many as nine independents won the elections. The 500- year old historical city has now a population of more than three-lakh people as per 2011 census and hence it has been upgraded as Municipal Corporation, along with Latur and Parbhani, last year.