The Congress -NCP combine on Friday retained the Amravati Municipal Corporation by winning the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in straight fight against the Janvikas Congress floated by former Maharashtra minister Sunil Deshmukh and Shiv Sena nominees.
According to reports reaching here this evening, Vandana Kangale (37) of the Congress was elected as mayor defeating her nearest rival Rajiv Masram of Janvikas Congress. She bagged 52 votes and her rival, Masram got only 9 in the 87-member house. Nandkishore Wharade (50) of the NCP was elected as deputy mayor defeating his nearest rival of Vanita Tayade of Shiv Sena. Wharade got 52 votes and Tayade 22.
The Congress emerged as the largest party in the elections. It got 25, NCP 18, Sena 10 and BJP got only 7 seats in the February elections.
In Akola, the Congress-NCP combine also retained the civic body on Friday with the support of the Bharip of Prakash Ambedkar.
The Bharip nominee, Jyotsna Gavai (24), the youngest corporator of the Akola Municipal Corporation, was elected mayor defeating her nearest rival Karuna Ingle (34) of the BJP. Gavai secured 39 votes while Ingle got 34 in a straight contest. In the elections for the deputy mayor’s post, Rafiq Siddiquie (42) of the Congress won the seat by defeating Ajay Sharma of the BJP. The Congress got 39 votes while Sharma obtained 34 votes.
In 73-member house, the BJP and the Congress got 18 seats each in the just concluded elections while Sena bagged seven seats and NCP secured only five seats.