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Maharashtra local body election results: NCP biggest gainer

Mumbai, Dec 13 (): The results of polls to local bodies across the state came in on Monday. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar emerged the biggest gainers, with NCP set to control about 45 municipalities.

Congress has gained control of 39 municipalities on its own, not counting those fought in alliance with the NCP. Congress and NCP had an alliance in just 15 civic bodies.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and his senior Cabinet colleague Narayan Rane suffered jolts on their home turfs of Karad in western Maharashtra and Sindhudurg in Konkan region respectively. The JKA won 21 seats in the CM’s hometown Karad, while the LVA secured 29 seats.

Out of 196 civic bodies in Maharashtra, 168 went to polls on Sunday. Counting was held on Monday in 132 civic bodies while rest of the counting will be done on Tuesday.

NCP won three out of four municipal council elections in Bhandara-Gondia parliamentary constituency.

At Bhandara, it emerged as the single largest party, winning 16 seats out of 32 seats. NCP also emerged biggest winner in the Tumsar municipal council after the party won 12 seats in the 23-member civic body. At Tiroda, the party won 15 out of 17 seats.

At Bhandara, BJP won six seats and Congress three. Shiv Sena ended up with two seats,Communist Party of India won one while Independent candidates emerged victorious from four seats.

At Tumsar municipal council, NCP, led by Vijay Dekate has won 12 seats in the 23-member civic body. BJP and Congress grabbed five and three seats respectively. Samajwadi Party won two and while an independent too has entered the council.

At Pusad, the NCP could not retain its power, where the party could get 12 seats out of 28. If an alliance is made between NCP and Shiv Sena having 4 seats, they can muster power in the 28-member house in Pusad.

However, NCP had a bad defeat at the 17-member Paoni municipal council, where Shiv Sena secured as many as 14 seats.

Neither Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption crusade nor farmers’ suicides could adversely affect Sharad Pawar’s clout in rural areas. Apparently, a multipronged strategy drafted by deputy CM Ajit Pawar led to the NCP’s massive success.