BJP eyes to main­tain win­ning streak in Dhule, Ahmed­na­gar

The Hitavada - - NATION -

WITH the Ma­ha­rash­tra Assem­bly polls less than a year away, the rul­ing BJP is mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to con­tinue its win­ning spree in the lo­cal bod­ies and aims to pocket the Dhule and Ahmed­na­gar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions, where elec­tions will be held on De­cem­ber 9.

The re­sult of Ahmed­na­gar civic body would be cru­cial for the Congress and play a de­ci­sive role in the po­lit­i­cal fu­ture its lead­ers, in­clud­ing Leader of Op­po­si­tion in the Assem­bly Rad­hakr­ishna Vikhe Patil, for­mer minister Balasa­heb Tho­rat and state Youth Congress chief Satya­jit Tambe.

There are to­tal 27 Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Out of the 25 civic bod­ies, where elec­tions were held in the last two years, the BJP has emerged as the sin­gle largest party in over a dozen of them. A few months ago, it swept the San­gli and Jal­gaon Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions amidst the Maratha quota stir.

BJP spokesper­son Ke­shav Updhayay said his party would win Dhule and Ahmed­na­gar civic bod­ies based on the per­for­mance of the four years of the State Gov­ern­ment.

Talk­ing to PTI, Dhule dis­trict Congress Pres­i­dent Shyam Saner said his party had joined hands with the NCP, which rules the civic body.

“Congress and NCP are bet­ter placed to win since Shiv Sena, BJP and lo­cal MLA Anil Gote are con­test­ing the polls in­de­pen­dently,” he said al­leg­ing mas­sive use of money power from the BJP, a charge de­nied by the rul­ing party. Gote, who is the BJP MLA, has fielded can­di­dates from his lo­cal out­fit Lok­san­gram. He has ac­cused the BJP of in­clud­ing in its fold per­sons of crim­i­nal back­ground.

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