Congress sweeps Nanded civic polls, opposition routed

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The campaign for the polls witnessed a bitter war of words among the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena.

The Congress has taken a massive lead in the Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation elections while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the Bhandup bypoll for BMC and Pune.

The State Election Commission of Maharashtra had placed order for 400 VVPAT machines from the Electronic Corporation of India (ECI), but the company could not provide so many machines in time, so it was chose to use available 70 machines on pilot basis at a single ward in Nanded polls. If the Sena withdraws support to the BJP, the Fadnavis government will be in a minorit and will need help from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party or NCP.The BJP dramatically improved its performance in this year's BMC election from the 31 wards that it had won last time.

The counting is still underway and the final results are expected anytime soon. Independents and others are contesting the polls on 155 seats.

The Shiv Sena leaders had ridiculed the BJP during the Bhandup by-election campaign.

Polling to elect the new body of Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), also known as Nanded Mahanagar Palika, were held on Wednesday under the tight security.

According to latest reports, Congress is ahead in 28 seats out of 81 seats. While the Congress was fighting to retain the seat, the Shiv Sena and BJP were trying to dethroning it. The results for the remaining 27 seats are yet to be declared and the Congress is leading in 17 of them. 19 wards are represented by 04 members each, while 01 ward has 05 representatives.

The BJP's candidate Jagruti Patel beat her closest competitor, the Shiv Sena's Minakshi Patil, by over 4000 votes on Wednesday.

The municipal corporation of Nanded, the home turf of state Congress chief and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, is ruled by the Congress, since it came into existence two decades ago.

The 81-member civic body is now controlled by the Congress.