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Continuing its winning streak in Maharashtra, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday won Latur and Chandrapur municipal corporations, out of three civic bodies that went to polls on April 19.
The results of the elections held for the three municipal corporations were declared today.
The consolation for the Congress was the Parbhani municipal corporation, where the party improved its tally compared to the 2012 polls to retain power.
The BJP's victory in Latur stands out as the saffron party, which drew a blank in the 2012 elections, bagged 36 seats today in the 70-member civic body. The Congress won 33 seats while one seat went to the NCP.
Hailing the BJP's performance, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "BJP is creating history yet again."
He thanked the people of Latur and Chandrapur for the mandate to his party and for showing faith in his government.
The CM also congratulated the party workers for the victory.
"We will work harder and continue to work for every citizen with our mantra of good governance to serve the last man," he tweeted.
In the elections held to the ten municipal corporations across the state in February this year, the BJP won eight civic bodies. The party also made inroads into the hinterland in the elections held in February for 25 Zilla Parishads.
For the April 19 elections to the three civic bodies, 1,284 candidates were in fray for total 201 seats.
A total of 7,93,621 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the three corporations, where 62 per cent voting was registered.
Meanwhile, Mungantiwar, the Guardian minister of Chandrapur district, thanked the voters and party workers for the party's victory.
He attributed the victory to the BJP's agenda of development and transparency.