Mumbai, Jan 12: Congress registered an impressive performance, leading the seat tally by winning in 105 wards in the municipal council and nagar panchayat polls and bypolls for 345 wards held across Maharashtra.
While NCP and Shiv Sena finished second and third, the BJP had to be content with only 39 seats, finishing fourth in the overall seat tally. The results of the polls held on Sunday were declared late yesterday.
The by-elections were conducted in Ratnagiri, Jalgaon, Latur, Yavatmal, Wardha and Bhandara. A major setback for the BJP has come at Jamkhed in Ahmednagar district, which is the home turf of Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde, and at Chandrapur, which is represented by Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
Congress-NCP leaders described the outcome as a reflection of the peoples disillusionment with the ruling party. Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said, "The results show the people's confidence in the Congress is back and that people are disillusioned with the BJP led regime."
The results come ahead of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's Mumbai visit on January 15 and 16. Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhanajay Munde of NCP said, "The results show failure of the BJP-Sena-led government in Maharashtra."
During elections to 59 nagar panchayat and municipal councils in November 2015, BJP was in the lead with 254 wards, followed by Congress with 239, NCP with 201 and Shiv Sena with 126 wards.