Mumbai/Nashik, February 22: The results of civic elections held for 10 Municipal corporations across Maharashtra, including the BMC, will be declared on February 23 (Thursday). As the future of the ruling coalition in Maharashtra depends on the outcome of Tuesday’s civic body polls, the BJP is slowly edging out Shiv Sena in civic polls, says Zee 24 Taas exit poll report. There are chances that Shiv Sena and the BJP are locked in a close contest in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Elections along with nine other Maharashtra Corporation. The results predict that the BJP is likely to lead in battle across Pune, Nashik, Nagpur. The Shiv Sena is predicted to win 90-96 seats in BMC elections, whereas the BJP will win 78-82 seats. Catch Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Election Results 2017 LIVE News Updates hereAlso Read - Thermal Screening, RT-PCR Test Counters: How Mumbai Airport Gears Up After 1st Omicron Case Detected in Maharashtra

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The victory of BJP will also be established as the party’s dominance over the regional partner. Earlier this month BJp president Amit Shah said that things would return to normal after the BMC polls and attributed the shrill exchange between the two allies to “election fever”.

A recent exit poll by Zee 24 Taas projected a photo finish with a slight edge for Shiv Sena. Both the partners are contesting alone in 3,210 seats in 10 municipal corporations, 11 Zilla Parishad and 118 Panchayat Samitis.

It will be a moral victory for the Shiv Sena if the party manages to retain its 20-year-old hold over the BMc and other corporations.

Here are some figures for Maharashtra Corporations Elections 2017:

Brihanmumbai Mahanagar Palika (BMC)

Total Seats- 227 seats
Shiv Sena – 90-96 seats
BJP – 78-82 seats
Congress – 27-30 seats

Pune Mahanagar Palika (PMC)

Total Seats – 162
BJP – 55 to 60 seats
Shiv Sena – 12 to 17 seats
Congress – 16 to 21 seats
NCP – 55 to 60 seats
MNS – 6 to 11 seats

Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagar Palika (PCMC)

Total Seats – 128
BJP – 35 to 40 seats
Shiv Sena – 22 to 27 seats
Congress – 1 seat
NCP – 60 to 61 seats
MNS – 1 seat
Others – 2 to 5 seats

Nashik Mahanagar Palika (NMC)

Total Seats – 122
BJP – 35 seats
Shiv Sena – 45 to 50 seats
Congress – 2 to 7 seats
NCP – 5 to 10 seats
MNS – 10 to 15 seats
Others – 10 to 15 seats

Nagpur Mahanagar Palika (NMP)

BJP – 84 to 87 seats
Shiv Sena – 4 to 6 seats
Congress – 34 to 36 seats
NCP – 4 to 6 seats
BSP – 12 to 15 seats
Others – 10 to 15 seats

In Maharashtra elections, the biggest beneficiary could be the BJP after non-formation of alliance with the Shiv Sena. If it happens that the BJP could pose a serious challenge to replace the Sena as the largest party in Maharashtra.

The exit polls also gives a clear picture that no party would get a clear majority to run the civic body. Such a verdict would definitely mean that there would be tough rough of negotiations before they arrive at a power-sharing formula.