New Delhi: The counting of votes for Dhule and Ahmednagar municipal corporations, which went to polls on Sunday, is underway. Ahmednagar and Dhule municipal corporations recorded a voter turnout of 67 per cent and 60 per cent, respectively.
The result of Ahmednagar civic body would be crucial for the Congress and play a decisive role in the political future its leaders, including Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, former minister Balasaheb Thorat and state Youth Congress chief Satyajit Tambe.
Political observers say that in Dhule, the BJP has poached on 12 sitting NCP corporators and that has brought the party to agree for seat-sharing talks with the Congress. There was no dispute in the seat adjustments, because local leaders of both the parties agreed to cooperate, the observers said.
Speaking to reporters BJP spokesperson Keshav Updhayay had said that his party would win Dhule and Ahmednagar civic bodies based on the performance of the four years of the state government. Talking to PTI, Dhule district Congress president Shyam Saner said his party had joined hands with the NCP, which rules the civic body.
The 74-member Dhule and 68-member Ahmednagar civic corporations have a combined voter population of nearly eight lakh. While Dhule has 4.46 lakh voters, there are 3.46 lakh voters in Ahmednagar.
In the 70 member Dhule civic body, 34 corporators are from the NCP, 10 from Congress, three from BJP and 11 from Shiv Sena, while the rest are from local outfits and independents. But the number of seats has now been increased to 74. In Ahmednagar, 18 of the 68 member civic body belong to the NCP, 11 Congress, nine BJP, 17 Shiv Sena, four MNS and nine independents.
There are total 27 municipal corporations in Maharashtra. Out of the 25 civic bodies, where elections were held in the last two years, the BJP has emerged as the single largest party in over a dozen of them. A few months ago, it swept the Sangli and Jalgaon municipal corporations amidst the Maratha quota stir.
(With inputs from agencies)