Maharashtra: BJP wins Latur, Chandrapur; Congress wins Prabhani

A BJP candidate along with supporters celebrates her victory in the Chandrapur Municipal Elections. Pic  PTI

A BJP candidate along with supporters celebrates her victory in the Chandrapur Municipal Elections. Pic PTI

Continuing with its winning streak in Maharashtra's civic elections, the BJP on Friday snatched two municipal corporations from the Congress, while the latter wrestled one from the NCP.

On the other hand, Congress emerged victorious in Parbhani after wresting its control from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi had contested the Latur Municipal Corporation elections (LMC) in alliance with Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi and Shetkari Sangathna could not win a single seat. The BJP maintained lead on more than 30 wards since the counting for votes began for Latur Municipal Corporation election results at 10 AM. Deshmukh is the son of a Congress veteran and former chief minister - the late Vilasrao Deshmukh. "If the BJP is voted to power", Mr Fadnavis said, the party would "ensure Latur becomes drought-free". Results are expected to be declared later on Friday. The BJP and Shiv Sena had won 8 and 7 seats, respectively.

The stakes were high especially for the BJP as it was not in power in these three municipal corporations.

BJP makes inroads into Latur Municipal Corporation which was known as the bastion of Congress. Nilangekar's grandfather Shivajirao is in the Congress, while Sambhaji is in the BJP, and is a Cabinet minister in Devendra Fadnavis' team.

Deshmukh's elder son Amit had managed to retain his Latur Assembly seat in the 2014 Assembly poll even as the BJP had a good run in rest of the district.

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

The BJP pulled off another victory in the 66-member Chandrapur civic body, which was ruled by a coalition comprising the Congress and the NCP. "BJP minister Sambhajirao Patil-Nilangekar campaigned aggressively in the polls while Deshmukh was complacent", the Congress functionary said.

The city had faced acute water crisis previous year and government had to transport water by railway waggons at the peak of summer. Latur has 2.78 lakh voters and recorded 60 per cent voting.

In the 65-member Parbhani municipal corporation, the battle is mainly between the incumbent NCP and Shiv Sena.

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

It will be a test for district guardian minister and senior Sena leader Diwakar Raote. There were 418 candidates in the fray; number of voters was 2.12 lakh.

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