Maharashtra civic polls: BJP set for decisive gains, Sena has edge in BMC

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 13, 2018

Shiv Sena supporters celebrate the party's strong showing in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections in Mumbai on Thursday.-- Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Mumbai 22-02-2017 :Muncipal Corporation Building MumbaiPhoto: Rajneesh Londhe

The BJP is set to make decisive gains in civic polls in Maharashtra even as it is locked in a neck-and-neck fight with its bickering ally Shiv Sena in Mumbai, the latest counting trends suggest.

The Congress and the NCP were headed for a rout across the state, including some of their strongholds like Pune.

While the Shiv Sena slightly improved on its showing in Mumbai and Thane, the BJP is set to retain Nagpur, Akola and wrest Pune and Ulhasnagar from the NCP and Nashik from the MNS.

But, as the counting progressed into final rounds, it appears that the Sena is unlikely to touch the half-way mark of 114 seats in Mumbai, where the BJP is poised for a big leap after fighting the polls on its own.

The BJP is likely to come to power in at least six civic bodies —— Pune, Nashik, Ulhasnagar, Akola, Nagpur and Amravati —— out of the 10 corporations for which elections were held on Tuesday.

Apart from Mumbai, the city corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur.

In Pune, the BJP is leading in 74 out of the total of 152 seats, in Ulhasnagar in 32 (78 total seats), Nashik — 32 (122), Nagpur — 72 (145), Amaravati — 21 (87) and Akola — 31 (73).

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena is leading in 84 seats in the 227-member BMC, while the BJP is ahead in 81.

In the 131-member Thane civic body, the Sena has so far won 43 seats, BJP-17, NCP-22, Congress and MIM 2 each, and Independents-1.

Though the BJP has made major inroads in the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and neighbouring Thane, it is not sure if Sena will be ready for a post-poll pact, after a no-holds-barred fight between the allies, which often turned into a murky slugfest.

The party is also doing well in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, according to the latest trends.

NCP, in power in Pune since 2007, is trailing behind the saffron party.

In Pune’s neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the BJP has dented the NCP by leading in 26 seats and having won 22 seats, whereas the NCP is leading only in 14 seats.

The BJP appears to have expanded its base in Pimpri-Chinchwad, despite fierce competition from the NCP.

The results of the 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, have seen the Congress plummeting to a new low with the lowest ever tally in the BMC and losing Solapur and Amravati to the BJP.

Published on February 23, 2017

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