BJP all set to bag four Council seats in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Jul 17 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to bag four seats from Graduates and Teachers constituencies in Maharashtra, while one seat looks to be in safe keeping of an independent.

The election for three Graduates constituencies of Nagpur, Pune, and Marathwada and two Teachers constituencies (Pune and Amravati) was held two days back and counting is still on tonight.

According to BJP sources, their candidate and state party president Nitin Gadkari, Chandrakant Patil (Pune) and Shrikant Joshi have taken leads over their nearest rivals.

While Gadkari and Patil have taken comfortable leads, Mr Joshi is ahead by a slender margin.

All eyes are focussed on Marathwada, where Prakash Mahajan, younger brother of slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan was contesting as a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidate.

Nagpur and Marathwada Graduate constituencies were earlier held by BJP candidates.

In Teachers constituency, Mr Salunkhe (BJP) is leading in Pune. However, the party suffered a setback in Amravati, where their candidate is trailing behind an independent.

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