Mumbai, Oct 12: Congress has crossed the half way mark and was on its way to winning the Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation Elections. The party was ahead on 48 seats while counting is underway. The Bharatiya Janata Party, meanwhile, was a distant second and was ahead on just 2 seats. Congress workers were celebrating across Maharashtra and were crediting MPCC chief Ashok Chavan for the win. (Live updates on Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation Election Results)

Nanded was a litmus test for Chavan, who was facing internal rebellion within the party. It was a do or die poll for him and he has emerged victorious in it. Many Congress workers took to Twitter to call Nanded a one man show, congratulating Ashok Chavan.

Nanded is Chavan’s home turf. He has been campaigning in his bastion for the past three months to ensure Congress retains the 81-seat Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation.

Meanwhile, the biggest loser was turning out to be the AIMIM, which had not yet managed to open its account in the 81-seat civic body. The party had won 11 seats last election in 2012.

In 2012, the Congress had won 41 seats. Shiv Sena with 12 seats was a distant second, followed by Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Muslimeen (AIMIM) with 11 seats. While the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 10 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could bag just two seats. Out of 81 seats, 41 seats are reserved for women candidates, 15 seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, 2 for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 22 seats for Backward Class communities. (Check list of winners of 2017 here)