In a bitter fight between the ruling allies in the state, the Shiv Sena and the BJP, Jagruti Patil, the BJP candidate won the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) by-poll here on Thursday.
In 2012, the Congress bagged 41 seats, Shiv Sena 14, AIMIM 11, NCP 10, BJP two while independents notched three seats.
The polling for the 81 seats of the election was held on Wednesday. BJP is meanwhile leading in 5 seats while Shiv Sena, is leading in one. NCP is contesting on 57 seats, Shiv Sena is contesting on 76 seats (73+3), AIMIM and BSP are together contesting on 49 seats, Samajwadi Party is contesting on 24 seats. Along with gains in local elections across the state, it consolidated the party's position in the state, which for years played junior partner to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
The municipal corporation of Nanded, the home turf of state Congress chief and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, is ruled by the Congress, since it came into existence two decades ago.
Out of 81 seats, 41 seats are reserved for women candidates, 15 seats for SC candidates, 2 for ST and 22 seats for Backward Class communities.
"The return journey for the Congress in Maharashtra has begun in Nanded". This had anxious the Congress. "The Congress wipes out BJP", an elated Chavan tweeted.
He said the people of Nanded had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the Congress and deserved credit for its victory.
Congress that is now ruling the civic body is seeking to retain it while the BJP, that has been thumping all other parties in most local body polls is seeking to seize power in Nanded.
Both, the Congress and BJP had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control over the civic body in the city renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, which is one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of the legendary Sikh spiritual leader, Guru Gobind Singh.