Continuing its winning streak in Maharashtra, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday won Latur and Chandrapur municipal corporations, out of three civic bodies that went to polls on April 19.
The result is also a setback for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which has been reduced to a lone seat from 13 in 2012.
Around 62 percent turnout was registered in the polling held on Wednesday for the Chandrapur, Parbhani and Latur municipal corporations.
Besides Latur Municipal Corporation elections, counting of votes for Chandrapur and Parbhani municipal corporations will also take place today.
LIVE- Latur Municipal Corporation Election Results: While the BJP is leading on 31 seats, the Congress has now secured lead on 25 wards. Congress, which controls the corporation, had got a drubbing in the recent local body polls in Latur district.
The Congress was leading in Parbhani in 30 out of 65 seats, where NCP was leading in 20 seats. The party came very close to grabbing power on its own in the prestigious Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections - the Shiv Sena was just a few seats ahead.
Hailing the BJP's performance, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "BJP is creating history yet again".
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A total of 1,285 candidates were in the fray for the 201 seats in the three municipal corporations, whose fate was decided by 7.93 lakh voters across 1,038 polling stations.
The BJP's victory in Latur stands out as the saffron party, which drew a blank in the 2012 elections, bagged 36 seats today in the 70-member civic body.
Counting of votes to decide the fate of 460 candidates is done on 36 tables. At present Congress is in power in this 66-member civic body.
In Latur Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls, the BJP had breached the long-standing Congress citadel. To beat the drought in Latur, the government transported water to the parched city through rail containers.
Amit Deshmukh was leading Congress in the council poll whereas Mr Nilangekar's grandson Sambhaji Nilangekar Patil, a Cabinet minister, shouldered the responsibility for the BJP. The result has raised a question mark over the leadership of senior Sena Minister for Public Transport Diwakar Raote, who also happens to be the guardian minister of Parbhani district.
Chandrapur is the home turf of senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. There are 418 candidates in the fray; number of voters is 2.12 lakh.