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Nanded civic polls: Congress makes a clean sweep with 73 of 81 seats; BJP wins 6

Former CM Ashok Chavan defends home turf in Maharashtra; all other parties, including the BJP, reduced to single-digit tallies

mumbai Updated: Oct 13, 2017 11:47 IST
Surendra Gangan
Surendra Gangan
Hindustan Times
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Maharashtra used the paper trail machine for the first time in Nanded civic polls. (HT)

The Congress won an overwhelming victory in the Nanded-Waghela municipal corporation elections, winning 73 seats, or 90%, of the total 81, it was revealed after counting ended post midnight on Thursday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won six seats, while the Shiv Sena bagged just one as did an Independent. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won no seats.

The results of the four seats were delayed due to the use of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), as the machinery took time to complete the physical counting of slips in its drop box.

The Congress had 41 members in the outgoing civic body, the Sena had 14, the AIMIM 11, the NCP 10, and the BJP two.

The election was seen as a battle of prestige between the state Congress president and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Since 2014, Chavan has been defending his home turf from the BJP, and he was successful this time too. His previous victories in Nanded include the Lok Sabha, state assembly, district council and municipal council polls. The Congress has ruled the Nanded civic body ever since it was formed in 1997.

The Congress’ clean sweep shows that Nanded remains its stronghold. The other four parties in the fray did not reach double figures. The NCP, which had 10 corporators in the outgoing civic body, was completely routed due to the lack of local leadership and coordination. Similarly, the AIMIM, which entered state politics by winning 11 seats in this civic body five years ago, posted a dismal performance, indicating that Muslim voters, who have dominance in 32 seats, have shifted allegiance to the Congress.

Chavan said the result signifies a reversal of the BJP’s winning trend. Responding to him, BJP state president Raosaheb Danve said the Congress’ Nanded victory is like the bright glow of a candle just before it extinguishes. “The Congress should not be overjoyed with just one victory. This is just the flutter before the end,” he said.

First Published: Oct 13, 2017 11:33 IST