Cong wins Nanded-Waghala municipal corporation polls
■ Ashok Chavan led party retains power at the 78-seat body
CONGRESS has registered a spectacular victory in the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC) where elections were held on Wednesday.
Of the total 81 seats, results for 78 seats were announced till 6 pm on Thursday. Congress, led by Ashok Chavan, former Chief Minister, had already won 70 seats by then to retain power in the Corporation. BJP had won 8 seats.
This time, the Shiv Sena had decided not to contest election in alliance with the BJP. The Congress has been in power for the last two decades in Nanded. In the previous elections, Congress had won 42 seats.
On Wednesday, 64.82 per cent voting was recorded in the elections held for the prestigious Corporation.
Counting began at 10 am at the Government Polytechnic College on Thursday. The Congress opened its account with the very first declared result with announcement of victory of its candidate Sherali. Sitting Mayor Shaileja Swami and her husband Kishore Swami both won the elections.
The leading losers in the elections included Sena MLA Pratap Patil Chikhalikar's nephew Sandip Chikhalikar, Maharashtra BJP Traders’ Union President Dilip Kandakurt’s son and Opposition leader Mahesh Khomne.
By 6 pm, the Nationalist Congress Party and AIMIM were yet to open their account.