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Cong loses Latur citadel to BJP in civic polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Continuing its winning streak in Maharashtra, the ruling today emerged victorious in Latur and Chandrapur municipal corporations, out of three civic bodies that went to polls on April 19.

Defeat in Latur came as a major embarrassment for the as the district has traditionally been the bastion of the party stalwart and former chief minister (late) Vilasrao Deshmukh.

The of the elections held for the three municipal corporations were declared today.

The consolation for the was the Parbhani municipal corporation, where the party improved its tally compared to the 2012 polls to retain power.

In 65-member Parbhani civic body, the won 31 seats, 18, 8, 6, and Independents 2.

In 2012 polls, the won 23 seats, 30, 8, 2 and others 2.

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 won 33 seats while one seat went to the

The Latur debacle reflects poorly on the leadership potential of Amit Deshmukh, the MLA son of late Vilasrao, who was steering the in elections.

In 2012 polls to the Latur civic body, the won 49 seats, 13, and 6. Remaining two seats were won by the smaller parties.

The pulled off another victory in the 66-member Chandrapur civic body, which was ruled by a coalition comprising the and the

Chandrapur is the home district of the senior leader and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

The final tally is: (36), (12), (2), (2), BSP (8), MNS (2), and Independents (4).

In 2012, the won 26 seats, 18, 4, 5, BSP 2, MNS 1, and Independents (10).

Hailing the BJP's performance, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "The 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 won eight civic bodies. The party also made inroads into the hinterland in the elections held in February for 25 Zilla Parishads.

In Latur Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls, the had breached the long-standing citadel.

For the April 19 elections to the three civic bodies, 1,284 candidates were in fray for total 201 seats.

In Chandrapur, 460 candidates were in the ring, followed by Parbhani (418) and Latur (406).

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.

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

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 22:48 IST