BJP eyes to maintain winning streak in Dhule, Ahmednagar
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.