Congress wins big in Nanded municipal polls

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

The Congress not only retained hold over NWCMC but also hugely improved its tally compared to 2012 when it had secured 41 seats, proving a major morale booster for the party reeling under a saffron onslaught.

Mumbai: In Maharashtra's Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC) polls, the Congress led by former chief minister Ashok Chavan has emerged as the dominant party.

As per the State Election Commission's directives, Ward No 02 of the Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) was selected by draw for Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

The incumbent Congress had won 67 seats and was leading on another four in the 81-member municipal corporation till last reports.

The counting is still underway and the final results are expected anytime soon. The Sena has reduced to only one seat from earlier 14 and AIMIM to zero from 11 seats in 2012. "In addition, all those people from our party, Shiv Sena, and NCP who had moved to the BJP just ahead of the polls have bitten the dust", said a Congress spokesperson requesting anonymity.

Nanded is a traditional Congress stronghold.

Nanded is the home turf of former Marharashtra chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan who represents the constituency in Lok Sabha.

Attributing the outcome to the people of Nanded, Chavan said they had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the Congress and rejected the "divisive politics" plus "below-the-belt" campaigning indulged in by BJP leaders.

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.

"With this one-sided victory in Nanded, the "comeback" of the Congress and "return journey" for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra has begun".

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 AIMIM, which contested the 2012 Nanded Maha Nagar Palika election for the first time, had won 11 seats.

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