In local body polls Maharashtra, Congress-NCP alliance today won the highest number of seats followed by the BJP and the Shiv Sena. Out of 21 seats, the NCP-Congress alliance won highest number of seats – 11 – while the BJP and the Shiv Sena got 5 and 2 seats respectively.
The Shiv Sena being the biggest loser as the NCP got the highest number of seats, 6, in this bypoll.
In the municipal corporation bypoll, out of six seats, the BJP did not win a single seat. The Shiv Sena won the bypoll to Ward 173 of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with its candidate, Ramdas Kamble, defeating the Congress’ Sunil Shetye by a margin of 845 votes. The seat was earlier reprsented by Shiv Sena corporator Prahlad Thombare whose death necessitated the bypoll.
The State Election Commission said, In Pune, NCP’s Pooja Kodre defeated Sena’s Monica Tupe by a margin of 3,528 votes. Congress’ Suman Sachdev polled defeated the BJP’s Sakshi Pannani by over 200 votes in Ulhasnagar. As in Solapur, Congress’ Taufiq Hatture won by beating his nearest rival AIMIM candidate Sheikh Pir Ahmed Karim.
Congress also won in Ahmednagar where Vishal Kotkar beat Sena’s Vijay Pathare. In Jalgaon, the BJP’s Gehi Mayadevi won unopposed while the Congress won three seats each in Armori, Biloli and Chandrapur panchayat samitis.
The SEC officials said that, BJP and Sena won one seat each in Dhule and Gangapur while former Congress leader Narayan Rane’s Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha won one seat in Kudal panchayat. In Nashik, the BJP trailed at number-3 where the MNS’ Vaishali Bhosale won with a comfortable margin. The bypoll was held there after the party’s sitting corporator Surekha Bhosale died.
Nawab Malik, the NCP spokesperson said, “We have been telling that the wind has changed. We not only won in the rural area but also in urban pockets. The urban pockets are also coming back to us. People are frustrated with the policies of the BJP government which are anti-farmer and against the common man. You cannot win the elections after elections on events and newspaper advertisements.” Adding to it he also said, “It got only two seats. Sena was trying to enjoy the power as well as criticise the government policies. People are not fool. They are smart enough to understand the hypocritical nature of the Shiv Sena. In 2019, the Shiv Sena will be the biggest loser.”
Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra Congress president said, “Not the single section of the society is happy with the BJP government. BJP has lost the trust as well as credibility. You cannot fool the people all the time with the false and tall promises. This is the beginning. There will be a tremor in 2019 for the BJP,”
The senior BJP leader said, “We are very much in competition and sure of coming to power in 2019 also. We had made a couple of mistakes that will be corrected soon. We are reaching to people in the larger way. We are confident of changing the public opinion. The wrong and anti-government propaganda is going in a big way, we have to counter it successfully.”