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BJP leads in Maha municipal polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Ruling today emerged as a major gainer in the first phase of municipal council polls in Maharashtra, winning 851 seats across 164 urban local bodies, making inroads into the traditional strongholds of and

Elections were held for 3,705 seats spread over the 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats, of which have been announced for the 3,510 seats so far. Counting for rest of the seats was still on.

Of the 147 municipal councils, where municipal chiefs were elected directly, nominees won at 52 places, compared to the around half a dozen places, where that party held the civic chief's posts in these bodies.

made inroads into the and strongholds, winning 851 seats. won 514, 638, 643, 16, 9, unrecognised parties 119, local coalitions 384, CPM 12 and Independents 324 seats.

In the last elections, tally was 298, Sena 264, 771 and 916

As started pouring in BJP's favour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the victory as a "win for pro-poor and development politics of "

In the polling held yesterday across 25 districts, around 70 per cent of the electorate had exercised their franchise. The elections, held against the backdrop of demonetisation, were seen as 'mini' Assembly polls and a test of popularity of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who led the BJP's campaign to extend his party's influence in the rural areas, where and has held sway for long.

Taking note of BJP's performance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Fadnavis and president Raosaheb Danve for the "grassroot level work".

"I laud Karyakartas, CM @Dev_Fadnavis & @raosahebdanve. Their grassroot level work ensured people place their valued trust in BJP," Modi said.

"I thank people of for placing their faith in in local body polls. This is a win for pro-poor & development politics of BJP," the PM tweeted.

Talking about the party's performance, Fadnavis said, "We won due to the blessings of Chhatrapati Shivaji and the people of "

Hailing the mandate for the BJP, he said it shows that people are with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of transparency.

In response to Modi's tweet on the poll outcome, Fadnavis tweeted, "Thanks Sir! You inspired confidence in people that our Nation is transforming.Mandate shows is with your vision of transparency."

The CM added that he was satisfied that people were trusting him to solve problems and challenges facing the state. He thanked the leaders and ministers for working unitedly.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 21:48 IST