The first polls of the Vasai-Virar municipal council saw a 40% turnout on Sunday. Sporadic incidents of violence marred the voting day.
The two powerful groups, lead by Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Vivek Pandit and former-MLA Hitendra Thakur, are locked in a battle for the 88 municipal wards.
Pandit, a Shiv Sena-backed MLA, has floated a front to contest these elections.
Thakur, who is politically powerful and has Congress’ blessings, has fielded nominees across the region. The two have shared a long-time political rivalry.
Sources said that voter turnout was low in the villages included in the civic areas. Some 55 villages are opposed to the idea of being part of the corporation.
In a fight between political workers, NCP leader Govind Gunjalkar was injured in Virar. But no major violence was reported.