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BMC bypoll win endorsement of BJP development agenda: Shelar

BMC bypoll win endorsement of BJP development agenda: Shelar

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

The BJP today won the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) bypoll from Bhandup.

Another prominent contender, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which was earlier leading in one seat, was overtaken by the Congress in this famed Sikh pilgrimage centre.

The area is state party chief Ashok Chavan's stronghold, and over 60% turnout was observed on Wednesday.

The Congress has 41 members in the outgoing civic body, followed by 14 corporators of the Shiv Sena, 11 of the AIMIM and Nationalist Congress Party's 10.

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.

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

There were five more candidates contesting the by-poll - Pramila Singh (Congress), Baby Sawant (Bahujan Samaj Party), Smruti Jadhav (Janata Dal-Secular), Deepika Jadhav (Sambhaji Brigade) and Vaishali Gajdhane (Bahujan Mukta Party).

Congress is in power in Nanded since its foundation.

The Exit Polls conducted by the local reporters said the BJP, which tried hard to dislodge the Congress from its bastion, will be distant second winning 15-20 seats.

In 2012, the Congress had enjoyed the majority by winning 41 seats. The results for the remaining 27 seats are yet to be declared and the Congress is leading in 17 of them. Elections to the civic body were held on Wednesday.

The fact that former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan is spearheading his party in the elections shows the importance attached to Nanded municipal corporation.


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