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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First Published on: November 29, 2016 5:05 am
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    Abulaish
    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
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      Arvind
      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.
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        Vidyasagar Cheruvu
        Nov 29, 2016 at 2:30 am
        Your name suggested the your mindset . Its a stereotype for scot-free irresponsibility. Keep growing
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          ah
          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:34 am
          Maharashtrians DESERVE Modi ................ LOL
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            gopal
            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
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              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.
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                kJatt
                Nov 29, 2016 at 2:17 am
                it is not your fault it is some thing in the Name similar to an other Ment??
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                  Raghu
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 1:55 am
                  Nice. Congrats Bhaarat.
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                    Ranjeet kumar
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 7:50 am
                    Hamare desh ke un sare rajneta jinhone apne Rajnitik jivan me brashtachar ke dwara bhari matra me black money arjit kiya hai vaise logo ko modi ji ne jor ka jhatka dhire se diya hai
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                      Sri
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 3:07 am
                      The next round of elections may change things. This month demonetization was declared after first week and most people would have received their ries stocked up on household supplies. ry day for next month is a day or two away and I believe there will be a rush to withdraw money. The crowds may be even bigger than last month so it remains to be seen if banks to can cater to the large amount of people in the coming month.
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                        Sri
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 3:13 am
                        The victory is mainly because of CM Fadnavis' image. I have heard he is an honest, hardworking, sincere, and efficient CM. This gains credence from the fact that though the BJP made inroads into new areas, Dhananjay Munde wrested a majority of seats in his cousin's consuency. Believe the effects of demonetization will be felt in the coming week to 10 days whether people are willing to put up with the hardships.
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                          Indian
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:44 am
                          BJP won because BJP had black money converted to new currency before Nov 8th . Whereas otherparties did not have money. If Modi was corrupt free then why did he reject election commission requirement to nullify election candidate who flouts money for vote . Demonetisation is brought only to handicapp opposition in coming elections of 4 states and waive off all loans of big corporates such that new huge loans can be given to them. Demonetisation has become a comedy for other countries seeing all Indian citizens begging in streets and banks for getting their own money.
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                            prejith
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 9:45 am
                            BJP is getting more support thesedays...... i think they are doing things in a betterway..
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                              Citizen
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 3:22 am
                              "Sramayeva Jayethe" Work for the nation/citizens results would come not for self/few. Jaihind
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                                kannadiga
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 4:52 am
                                This is just phase one elction still 3 phase to go on and ruling party wining just 24% of vote that to combined with shivasena wining just 36% of vote and opposition party NCP and congress conteseted seperately without alliance and won 23% of vote and 19% vote . its a miseriablr failure of bjp in maharshtra , in previous election NCP and congress alliance won more than 70% of seats, this shows maharastrian are loosing hope in BJP. and the true winner is congress and NCP wining nore than 1200 seats being in oppositon BJP and sena wining just 1300 despite of being in ruling party.
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