Congress bags 67 of 73 seats, crushes Opposition in Nanded civic polls

Congress gets a lead in Nanded civic polls; BJP wins in Bhandup and Pune

Congress gets a lead in Nanded civic polls; BJP wins in Bhandup and Pune

Nanded is Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan's home turf and it saw an aggressive campaign, with BJP making all efforts to wrest control of the civic body. He said the Congress tally could cross 70.

The Bhandup by-poll assumed significance for both the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as both are leaving no stone unturned to become the single largest party in the BMC.

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. Independents and others are contesting the polls on 155 seats.

Another prominent contender, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), was overwhelmed by the Congress juggernaut and finally lost the race in this famed Sikh pilgrimage centre. This had anxious the Congress.

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In Nanded, which has been the Congress stronghold, the Sonia Gandhi-led party has so far emerged as either victor or the leading party in over 60 seats.

The counting of votes has begun and according to early trends, the Congress is leading in 21 of the 81 seats while the BJP and the Shiv Sena are leading in two seats each.

"Entire Maharashtra is standing behind the BJP today".

During the last election, the Congress had won 41 seats of the 81 in the corporation. "The result is a mandate in favour of development drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis". "Their leadership must carry out a serious introspection and soul-searching".

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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.

The area is state party chief Ashok Chavan's stronghold, and over 60% turnout was observed on Wednesday.

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