NCP-Congress likely to retain Pune; MNS surprise rivals

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Raj Thackeray
Mumbai, Feb 17: NCP emerges as a prima facie winner in Pune Muncipal Corporation after getting knocked down by Shiv Sena-BJP combine at Mumbai helm. The former has won 51 of 152 seats.

However, NCP cannot control civic body without the help of Congress that has won 28.

But, the Raj Thackeray-Led MNS surprised its rivals by becoming the second largest with 29 seats intact. Remember, though he could not live up to the expectations in BMC polls, however, he has taken Congress-NCP alliance by storm in Pune.

Furthermore, Raj Thackeray has shown that he possesses the potential to be a strongest competitor for Congress-NCP, in years to come, where the latter alliance together had won elections to the Pune municipal body in 2007.

BJP, as predicted couldn't shine well in Pune polls and Sena ended up with merger 8 seats, however, Pune results are not going to dampen the springing high-spirits in Sena-BJP camps as they have pocketed the cash-rich BMC.

Shive Sena-BJP-Republican Party of India (RIP) combine extended their winning streak in Thane realm as well. The results for all the 130 seats were out, in which Sena has bagged as many as 53, while BJP finished with 8 seats and RPI 1.

The total number of seats sum up to 62 that has won by Sena-BJP-RPI, where the hit combine is running sort of four seats to rule over the civic body. However, with independents support forming a majority in Thane shouldn't be a big challenge for saffron alliance.

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