Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Nanded Municipal Election 2017: Counting of votes to begin at 10 am

Nanded Municipal Election 2017: Counting of votes to begin at 10 am

The 2017 elections outcome proved a huge setback to the Sena, NCP and AIMIM though some BJP leaders claimed the party which held two seats earlier (2012) had doubled its performance by capturing four seats.

The Congress has taken a massive lead in the Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation elections while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the Bhandup bypoll for BMC and Pune. The voter turnout for the civic body polls stood at 60 per cent.

The counting is still underway and the final results are expected anytime soon. However, after Pramila's death, her two sons joined the BJP and Pramila's daughter-in-law Jagruti got the party nomination to contest the by-poll.

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. The Shiv Sena, that stood a distant second during the last elections, is fighting for relevance.

Polling to elect the new body of Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), also known as Nanded Mahanagar Palika, were held on Wednesday under the tight security.

In 2012, the Congress had enjoyed the majority by winning 41 seats.

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. 19 wards are represented by 04 members each, while 01 ward has 05 representatives.

But her daughter-in-law Jagruti Patil chose to contest the election on a BJP ticket.

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.

NCP, which had won 10 seats in the last elections, has so far not opened its account.

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