The Indian National Congress looks set to retain the Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), and has now won 37 seats and is leading in another 29. Its candidate Jagruti Patil won the seat after beating Shiv Sena nominee Minakshi Patil by 4,792 votes.
The Congress party had won 41 seats in the last elections with the BJP getting just two seats.
BJP's Jagruti Patil defeated Shiv Sena's Meenakshi Patil in Bhandup, while Himali Kamble defeated Nationalist Congress Party's Dhananjay Gaikwad by margin of 4483 votes. Of the results declared so far, BJP has won three, while Shiv Sena is placed a distant third, winning a solitary seat.
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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. Elections to the civic body were held on Wednesday.
The Nanded civic body polls is viewed as a litmus test for former chief minister and current state Congress unit president Ashok Chavan, whose father late Shankarrao Chavan, a former defence minister, had nurtured the constituency over years.
Meanwhile, reacting to the overwhelming results, the Maharashtra unit of the Congress said that the return journey for Congress in Maharashtra has begun. "The Congress wipes out BJP", an elated Ashok Chavan tweeted.
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Sitting on 11 seats in the outgoing house, the AIMIM claimed to have the support of the minority and Dalit voters.
He said the people of Nanded had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the Congress and deserved full credit for the party's victory.
Congress activists celebrated in Nanded, Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. Devendra Fadnavis has led the BJP's high pitched battle for the civic body election. Nanded Municipal Corporation has 3.96 lakh registered voters of whom 60 per cent turned out to vote on Wednesday.
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