Mumbai, October 12: The Congress party swept Nanded Municipal elections as it won 73 seats out of 81. The results were a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party which was on a year-long winning spree in local bodies elections. The BJP managed to win just six seats in the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC).
Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan attributed the party’s win to non-tampering of EVMs and claimed that the BJP’s “return journey” has started. Nanded is the home turf of Chavan.
According to the figures released by the State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM), of the 81 seats, the Congress won 73, followed by the BJP that bagged six seats. The Shiv Sena just managed to open its account with one seat and an independent candidate also won.
“Today’s results have proven that the return journey of the BJP has started from Maharashtra. Our ground work in Nanded ensured that there was no tampering of EVMs, which led to our victory,” Chavan said.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde said his party was satisfied that “fascist forces” have been shown their place. “This result is a proof that people are fed up with the BJP-led Centre and state government. We are satisfied that fascist forces have been destroyed, shown their place and a secular party has won,” Munde said.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the “Modi wave” has subsided and that people have rejected the saffron party’s call of coming to power across the nation.
Maharashtra Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, who was in-charge of the party’s poll machinery in Nanded, claimed that the BJP’s vote share rose from 3 per cent in 2012 to 19 per cent this time around.
The Nanded civic body has been ruled by the Congress, since it came into existence two decades ago.
The BJP won 12 of the 16 civic bodies in Maharashtra, for which polls were held this year, expanding its footprint in the state’s urban pockets. It had made inroads into traditional Congress strongholds and also those of partner Shiv Sena.
In the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC), the party-wise strength is as follows: Congress 41, Shiv Sena 14, AIMIM 11, NCP 10, independents 3 and BJP 2.
With inputs from PTI