MIM draws a blank in Nanded polls

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Mumbai: In Maharashtra's Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC) polls, the Congress led by former chief minister Ashok Chavan has emerged as the dominant party.

The process will start with counting of postal votes.

The corporation has 3.96 lakh registered voters. "The rise in petrol and diesel prices, absolute mismanagement of farm loan waiver scheme and disastrous implementation of GST and demonetisation has fuelled anger among the voters and they expressed it through their vote", he said.

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 made a decision to use available 70 machines on pilot basis at a single ward in Nanded polls.

The counting is still underway and the final results are expected anytime soon.

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The opposition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged four seats while its ruling ally in the Centre and the State, Shiv Sena, got just a single seat. Results for 54 seats, out of the total 81, have been declared so far. Independents and others are contesting the polls on 155 seats.

Nanded is a traditional Congress stronghold. He said the victory in the home turf of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, now local MP, has reinstated the "Ache Din" for Congress with signals that the trend would continue till the general elections of 2019 for Parliament.As per the latest information, Congress won 63 seats of the 81-seat (NWMC) and the AIMIM has not opened its account.

While the Congress went in to celebration mode, the BJP which was desperate to break Mr Chavan's dominance, suffered a major setback by winning only six seats.

Out of 81 seats, 41 seats are reserved for women candidates, 15 seats for SC candidates, 2 for ST and 22 seats for Backward Class communities. 19 wards are represented by 04 members each, while 01 ward has 05 representatives. Besides, the exit of senior politician Narayan Rane from the Congress too had come just before the polls.

The Congress, with 41 members, controls the outgoing civic body.

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