In a major victory, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday won 38 seats out of 70 seats of the Latur Municipal Corporation, pushing Congress party to second position. In Mumbai, the BJP was a close runner-up to the Shiv Sena in its best result ever for the vastly-rich corporation in the financial capital. In the 2012 Latur Municipal Corporation elections, Congress had won just 49 wards while the NCP bagged 13 and Shiv Sena emerged victorious in 6 wards. It won 32 of the 66 seats in Chandrapur.
The Congress is leading in Parbhani in 30 out of 65 seats and looks set to wrest power from the NCP, which is ahead in 20 seats. The Congress won 33 seats while one seat went to the NCP.
For BJP, the charge was led by Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, the MLA from Nilanga, who is the Maharashtra Labour, Skill Development, Earthquake Rehabilitation & Ex-Servicemen Welfare. Others can win up to 10.5% votes and 22 seats.
Chandrapur is the home turf of senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
The final tally is: BJP (36), Congress (12), NCP (2), Shiv Sena (2), BSP (8), MNS (2), and Independents (4).
In Latur, the main parties in the fray are the ruling Congress, Shiv Sena, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Asaduddin Owaisi led All India Majlise Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which is contesting the Latur local elections for the first time.
He thanked the people of Latur and Chandrapur for the mandate to his party and for showing faith in his government. He tweeted, "We will work harder and continue to work for every citizen with our mantra of good governance to serve the last man!"
In Latur Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls, the BJP had breached the long-standing Congress citadel.
Voting for 201 seats in the three municipal corporations was held on Wednesday. Around 62% voter turnout was registered for the three civic bodies.