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Win for pro-poor, development politics: PM on BJP's show in

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Modi today hailed BJP's victory in polls to Maharashtra's local bodies as a "win for pro-poor and development politics" and thanked people of the state for placing their faith in the party.

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

He also praised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state president Rao Saheb Danve for their efforts in ensuring the party's victory.

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

BJP today emerged as a major gainer in the first phase of municipal council polls winning 39 municipal chief's posts of the 147 urban local bodies, dealing a blow to and in the keenly fought elections, whose campaign centred around issues like

Trends and pouring in from around the state showed the BJP making inroads into the and strongholds.

Polls were also held for 17 nagar panchayats on Sunday.

As per the trends available till late afternoon, BJP was ahead with its candidates winning 455 seats, its ally Shiv Sena with 187, 231 and 333.

In the last elections, BJP tally was 298, Sena 264, Congress 771 and NCP 916.

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First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 19:58 IST