Mumbai, Oct 11: Voting for the 81-seat Nanded Waghala municipal corporation in Maharashtra concluded on Wednesday. It was a fierce fight between the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and the NCP. While the ruling Congress is hoping to retain the seat, the BJP is hopeful of dethroning it. The NCP has gone alone in the polls. Counting of votes will be held on Thursday, October 12. (Catch Live Updates on Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation Election Results Here)

The Nanded civic body has been ruled by the Congress for the past 15 years. It is a litmus test for Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Chavan this election as he faces a do or die battle. Nanded is Ashok Chavan’s home turf and has been a stronghold for his party. However, with Chavan facing an internal rebellion within the Congress, he may lose his position in the party if the party loses Nanded civic polls. He has been camping in Nanded for three months.

On the other hand, the BJP, is hoping to dethrone the Congress. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself took to campaigning for the polls on Monday. The BJP has also managed to take 15 sitting corporators from the Congress and the Shiv Sena.

In the 2012 polls to the Nanded municipal corporation, the Congress emerged as the single largest party winning 41 seats. The Shiv Sena had won 14, followed by the AIMIM winning 11 and the NCP 10. The BJP failed to impress the pollsters then, winning only 2 seats.