Congress led by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan registered a thumping victory in the Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation elections. The Congress has registered a victory in 73 seats leaving the BJP and Shiv Sena far behind.
"This is a tight slap to the BJP politics of splitting other parties and importing leaders from other parties," said Ashok Chavan reacting to his party's victory in the poll. The BJP won six seats while the Shiv Sena managed just one. AIMIM failed to open an account while an independent candidate managed to win a seat.
The high stakes Nanded Municipal Corporation Election was a battle of prestige with the Congress fighting to retain power in its traditional bastion. Given the recent victories that the BJP has been registering in all local body elections, Nanded Municipal corporation election was expected to be a three-way battle pitched between the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Shiv Sena.
Polling for the Nanded Waghala municipal corporation election 2017 was held on Wednesday and the counting of votes took place on Thursday. The voter turnout for the civic body polls stood at 60 per cent. For the first time in a municipal election Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) mechanism was used for Nanded polls on Wednesday
Nanded was a personal battle for Congress leader Ashok Chavan since his father late Shankarrao Chavan nurtured the constituency.
During the last election, the Congress had won 41 seats of the 81 in the corporation. The Shiv Sena stood a distant second with 14 while the BJP won only 2 seats. Sharad Pawar's NCP won 10 seats, AIMIM won 11, one seat was won by an independent candidate and two more by other parties.