BJP gains in Maharashtra civic polls, says mandate for demonetisation

Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan alleged the BJP’s success was due to “money and muscle power”.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: November 29, 2016 12:24 pm
maharashtra, maharashtra elections, maharashtra municipal elections, maharashtra civic election, municipal polls maharashtra, maharashtra polls bjp, india news, indian express news Maharashtra CM and Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray at a BMC function. (Source: Ganesh Shirsekar)

AFTER A fiercely contested electoral battle in which the Centre’s demonetisation policy dominated the campaign, the BJP Monday delivered a setback to the Congress and NCP in Maharashtra, making significant gains in the local body elections for 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats. On the defensive over reservation for Marathas, the BJP had presented the demonetisation policy as a clean-up of the system. All the mainstream parties had called these polls a “mini-assembly election”.

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The outcome, which came on a day when Opposition parties were protesting the demonetisation policy, was described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his official Twitter account as “a win for pro-poor & development politics of BJP”. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who led the BJP campaign, said, “The results… are supporting the government’s drive against corruption through demonetisation. The anti-demonetisation campaign of the Congress-NCP appears to have failed.”

Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan alleged the BJP’s success was due to “money and muscle power”. “We will analyse our shortcoming,” said Chavan. With the government introducing direct elections for the post of president in the 147 municipal councils, the BJP won 52 seats, Shiv Sena 23, Congress 19, NCP 16 and others 28.

The BJP also surged ahead in elections for the 3,510 municipal council member seats, held on party lines, in the Congress-NCP bastions, specially in western Maharashtra. The party-wise tally: BJP (851), Shiv Sena (514), NCP (638), Congress (643), MNS (16), BSP (9), CPM (12), local coalitions (384), Independents (324), unrecognised members (119). In 2011, the BJP was nowhere in the reckoning in 127 out of 147 municipal councils, with its tally at 298 compared to Congress (771), NCP (916) and Shiv Sena (264).

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  1. A
    Nov 29, 2016 at 11:16 am
    You should also mention that people are praising AIMIM as the part has won 40 seats even more than MNSlt; BSP
    1. A
      Nov 29, 2016 at 12:39 am
      BJP had claimed 93% support over demonetisation. By that calculation, they should have won at least 50% seats. But they just won 24% while rest of the parties won 76%. That means there are other issues at play as suggested by opposition leader. So people have voted against BJP.
      1. V
        Vidyasagar Cheruvu
        Nov 29, 2016 at 2:30 am
        Your name suggested the your mindset . Its a stereotype for scot-free irresponsibility. Keep growing
        1. A
          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:34 am
          Maharashtrians DESERVE Modi ................ LOL
          1. G
            Nov 29, 2016 at 3:04 am
            A single move from centre has put a full stop to reservation demands from Marathas, Patels, Gujjars...looks like all these were spearheaded by some vested interests..looks like periodic demonetization will bring some law and order in the country
            1. K
              Karavadi Raghava
              Nov 29, 2016 at 8:12 am
              People though are facing Inconveniences due to Demonetization are happy that Lakhs of Crores of Black MOney is coming in to Banks.
            2. K
              Nov 29, 2016 at 2:17 am
              it is not your fault it is some thing in the Name similar to an other Ment??
              1. R
                Nov 29, 2016 at 1:55 am
                Nice. Congrats Bhaarat.
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