After unseating the Congress from its strong hold of Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), the BJP on Monday also managed to gain majority in the Dehu Cantonment Board (DCB). The party managed to win four of the seven seats on the Board while Congress managed to win two seats only. One of the seats has gone to an independent candidate who incidentally is a BJP rebel candidate.
Traditionally the DCB has been controlled by Congress and NCP. The last house had seen only a single councillor from BJP. The Board comes under the Maval assembly constituency which has elected a BJP MLA for the last few terms. All the major political parties had faced stiff competition in form of rebellion by party leaders. DCB had voted on Sunday along with Pune and Khadki Cantonment Board and had recorded 72 per cent voting.
Results which were declared on Monday saw BJP winning in wards 2, 5,6 and 7 while Congress won in wards 3 and 4. Ward 1 elected Raghuveer Shelar a rebel BJP candidate defeating the official party candidate. Development and law and order were major issues for the area which although situated at the fringes of Pimpri Chinchwad has not seen much development.
Post the good performance of BJP in both Parliamentary and Assembly polls, the party’s political fortune continued to rise in the local bodies also. Of the three cantonments which went to polls on Sunday, BJP managed to win two. Its however suferred a set back in Khadki where the party managed to win only one seat. The results of Khadki were the only consolation for a beleaguered Congress as the party lost out its strong holds in Pune and Dehu Cantonment Boards.