75 pc voter turnout in Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad civic body election

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Kolhapur, June 22 (UNI) An estimated 75 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad Municipal Corporation election held today.

The civic body has 74 wards but polling was held for only 67 wards as the remaining wards are embroiled in court matters over invalid nomination papers. The polling in the these wards will be held on June 30 and the counting in all the 74 wards will be taken up on July 1.

The polling today was by and large peaceful. All the major political parties were in the fray but the main contest is between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party -- allies in the state government. The Congress has contested the election on its own while the NCP has floated ''Mahaaghadi'' -- a front that has the BJP, Janata Dal, RPI (Athawale) and Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) as its other constituents.

Maharashtra minister Vinay Kore-led Jansurajya Party and the Shiv Sena also contested the elections.

Meanwhile, the Bhor Municipal Council in Pune district also went to the polls today. Around 80 per cent voters exercised their franchise in this election.


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