Akola, Jan 31 (UNI) As many as 2,79,756 voters will decide the fate of 499 candidates in 70 wards of the Akola Municipal Corporation (AMC), going to polls tomorrow, sources in the election office said.
Congress official nominee Ms Kokila Gajanan Daberao has been elected unopposed in Ward No 55. The AMC general body comprises of 71 members, of which 29 wards belong to the general category while 42 wards are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Backward Class women, Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Tribe women and Backward Class men.
1,35,975 female and 1,43,781 male voters will exercise their franchise and select the candidate out of 313 men and 186 women candidates, trying their luck in the polls.
The partywise break-up of candidates consists of - Congress (47), NCP (26), BJP (32), Shiv Sena (21), BJP-BMS (48), Samajwadi Party (SP) (15), RPI (Athwale group-09), RPI (2), Peoples Republican Party (PRP Kawade group-01), RPI Gawai (0) Lok Janshakti (Paswan-5), Azad Hind Congress (11), Akola Mahanagar Vikas Manch (39), RJD (3), JD (Secular-06), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (25), Marxist Communist Party (CPI-M -0), Democratic Secular Party (06), Muslim League (04), BSP (19), and Independents (180).
Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, MPCC Chief Prabha Rau, MNS President Raj Thackeray, RPI (A) leader Ramdas Athawale, BRP-BMS leader Prakash Ambedkar, BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, Pandurang Fundakar, BJP MLA Govardhan Sharma, Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote, S S MLC Mr Gopi Bajiriya and S S MLA Mr Gulabrao Gawande campaigned for their respective party candidates.