Source: News Bharati English10 Jan 2017 16:28:02

Mumbai, Jan 10: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) maintained its winning pace in Maharashtra in the local body elections also. The party made considerable dents into hitherto Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena strongholds to pocket a total of 1190 seats of councillors and 71 municipal presidents, remaining numero uno.

The polling for the last phase of Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat elections was held on Sunday across 11 local bodies in Nagpur and Gondia districts. These 11 municipal councils were: Kamptee Umred, Katol, Kalameshwar, Mohpa, Ramtek, Narkhed, Khapa and Saoner in Nagpur district, and Tirora and Gondia in Gondia district.

As many as 92 candidates were in the fray for 11 Municipal Council President posts, and 1190 candidates for 244 seats of councillors in these two districts. An average 67.36 percent voter turnout was registered.

The credit for this spectacular performance definitely goes to young and dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis who did not leave any stone unturned to ensure the victory of the party candidates.

Congress bagged 58 seats and won two council president posts. The party finished second overall, with 952 seats and 34 council presidents, at the end of the final phase. NCP won 26 councillor seats and finished with 812 seats in total. The party also won 22 council president posts. It did not win any president’s post in the fourth phase.

Shiv Sena which won 598 seats in three phases won another 14 seats in the fourth phase finishing with 612 councillors. The party won 26 council president posts. It did not win a single council president seat in the last phase. MIM won a seat in Kamptee, while 18 seats in Katol were secured by ‘Vidarbha Maza’ party and four by PWP. In Saoner, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha won three seats.

BJP won president’s posts in Khapa, Saoner, Gondia and Tirora, Umred, Kalameshwar and Ramtek. Congress won the president’s seat in Kamptee and Mohapa. Vidarbha Maza won Katol council president’s seat. Narkhed council president’s seat went to Peoples Republican Party Nagar Vikas Agadhi.

This victory of the party is seen as an endorsement of the demonetization decision taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 last year to weed out corruption, unearth black money and end terrorism and Maoism in the country.

Maharashtra, that too Vidarbha has been the traditional strongholds of the Congress party. The Congress had deep roots here but its place is being taken by the BJP, and the results of the local body have endorsed this new political development.