THE BJP lost the sarpanch election in Fetri village near Nagpur, which has been adopted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for development. The party also lost to the Congress in Suradevi village, adopted by Nagpur Guardian Minister and State Power Minister Chandrakant Bawankule.
In Fetri, Dhanashree Dhomne, supported by the Congress-NCP combine, won the election, while Sunil Dudhpachare supported by the Congress emerged victorious in Suradevi. Fadnavis’s wife Amruta has been visiting Fetri to oversee development works. The BJP failed to impress in Nagpur district, which has all its MPs and MLAs from the party. Of the total 237 gram panchayats, the BJP district chief Rajiv Potdar claimed to have won 126 sarpanch posts. However, Congress district chief Rajendra Mulak claimed that the Congress won 93 while the NCP won 37, pushing the BJP behind the combine’s total tally. The NCP, though, claimed to have won 41 sarpanch posts.
The Shiv Sena won six posts while seven Independent candidates were elected. However, in Bhandara district, where BJP MP Nana Patole raised his voice against the party leadership, the BJP claimed to have made impressive gains — 211 of the total 347 sarpanch posts. In Gondia, the BJP claimed to have won 177 sarpanch posts of the total 362.