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Nanded Municipal Corporation election results: Congress makes clean sweep, BJP suffers defeat

12 October 2017, 05:24 | Erica Roy

Nanded Municipal Corporation election results: Congress makes clean sweep, BJP suffers defeat

Nanded Municipal Corporation election results: Congress makes clean sweep, BJP suffers defeat

Summary: The BJP, only two wards behind the Shiv Sena in Mumbai's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has narrowed the gap to just one seat by winning a by-election.

The fact that former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan is spearheading his party in the elections shows the importance attached to Nanded municipal corporation.

The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena. Of the 81 seats, 41 are reserved for women, 15 for Scheduled Caste candidates, two for Scheduled Tribe candidates and 22 seats for Backward Class communities.

A total of 578 candidates belonging to the ruling Congress, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were in the fray. The Shiv Sena, that stood a distant second during the last elections, is fighting for relevance. Interestingly, AIMIM Asadduddin Owaisi's mother Zakia Begum has also lost elections this time. This had anxious the Congress. Himali Kamble of the BJP defeated Nationalist Congress Party's Dhananjay Gaikwad. While the Congress was fighting to retain the seat, the Shiv Sena and BJP were trying to dethroning it.

Meanwhile, reacting to the overwhelming results, the Maharashtra unit of the Congress said that the return journey for Congress in Maharashtra has begun. Ashok Chavan preponderates #BJP in Nanded MC elections.Cong wipes out #BJP.

He said the people of Nanded had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the Congress and deserved credit for its victory.

Both the Congress and the BJP had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control of the civic body in the historical town renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of Guru Gobind Singh. The voter turnout for the civic body polls stood at 60 per cent.

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