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Congress sweeps Nanded municipal polls, wins 67 seats

Congress not only retained the civic body but also hugely improved its tally compared to 2012 when it secured 41 seats

IANS  |  Nanded (Maharashtra) 

Congress sweeps Nanded municipal polls, wins 67 seats

The on Thursday bagged the prestigious (NWCMC), bagging a staggering 67 of the 73 seats in the 81-seat body and crushing the opposition.

The was expected to win a few more seats as it led in another five seats in the NWCMC, a stronghold of Maharashtra party chief Elections to the civic body were held on Wednesday.

The not only retained the civic body but also hugely improved its tally compared to 2012 when it secured 41 seats, proving a major morale-booster for the party reeling under a saffron onslaught.

"The return journey for the in Maharashtra has begun in Nanded. The wipes out BJP," an elated Chavan tweeted. He said the tally could cross 70.

He said the people of Nanded had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the and deserved credit for its victory.

The opposition led by the (BJP) bagged four seats while its ruling ally in the centre and the state, Shiv Sena, got just a single seats. An independent candidate also got one seat.

Another prominent contender, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), was overwhelmed by the juggernaut and finally lost the race in this famed Sikh pilgrimage centre.

Sitting on 11 seats in the outgoing house, the claimed to have the support of the minority and Dalit voters. This had worried the

Similarly, the Congress' ally, the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Party (NCP), failed to secure a single seat, a State Election Commission (SEC) official said.

In 2012, the bagged 41 seats, Shiv Sena 14, 11, NCP 10, two while independents notched three seats.

The 2017 elections outcome proved a huge setback to the Sena, NCP and though some leaders claimed the party which held two seats earlier (2012) had doubled its performance by capturing four seats.

Another NDA ally, Maharashtra Swabhiman Party President Narayan Rane, minced no words in criticizing the BJP-Sena saying they should do "serious introspection and soul-searching" in the wake of the Nanded result.

"The Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) and Shiv Sena President (Uddhav Thackeray) personally held so many election rallies. And this is what they got? Their leadership must carry out a serious introspection and soul-searching."

activists celebrated in Nanded, Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.

Both the and the had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control of the civic body in the historical town renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of Guru Gobind Singh.

For the first time in Maharashtra, the SEC deployed VVPAT (voter verified paper audit trail) voting machines in 31 polling centres in Ward No 2 as a pilot project in the elections which recorded a 65 per cent turnout.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 21:10 IST