BJP, which tried its best to shake the Congress's position, managed to lead in just five seats.
The BJP today won the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) bypoll from Bhandup. However, after Pramila's death, her two sons joined the BJP and Pramila's daughter-in-law Jagruti got the party nomination to contest the by-poll. The Congress seems set for a convincing victory in Nanded as the party is now leading in 44 of the 81 seats till last reports came in. The voting took place yesterday.
The Congress not only retained the civic body but also hugely improved its tally compared to 2012 when it secured 41 seats, proving a major morale-booster for the party reeling under a saffron onslaught.
A total of 578 candidates belonging to the ruling Congress, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were in the fray.
In a first for Maharashtra, the state election commission used Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in a single ward during the Nanded Municipal Corporation election. Of the 81 seats, 41 are reserved for women, 15 for Scheduled Caste candidates, two for Scheduled Tribe candidates and 22 seats for Backward Class communities.
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There are 81 seats across 20 civic wards of the civic body.
While Jagruti Patil polled 11,129 votes, her nearest rival, Shiv Sena candidate Minakshi Patil secured 6,337 votes in the by-election in ward no. 116 of the eastern suburb of Bhandup, BMC officials declared. Elections to the civic body were held on Wednesday.
Nanded is the home turf of former Marharashtra chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan who represents the constituency in Lok Sabha.
NCP, which had won 10 seats in the last elections, has so far not opened its account.