The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in the recently concluded PMC polls. The party won 77 wards while the ruling NCP managed to bag just 44 wards. In 2012, the BJP finished fourth, behind NCP, Congress and the MNS. It is slowly inching towards achieving a full majority in Pune. Counting for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections, which was held on February 21, began at 10 am. As many as 1,090 candidates are in fray 162 seats of the Pune Municipal Corporation.
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PMC election results highlights:
4:34 pm: Final results: BJP (77), NCP (44), Cong (16), Shiv Sena (10), MNS (6). Others (5)
4:03 pm: MNS corporators Kishore Shinde, Rajendra Wagaskar and his wife Vanita Wagaskar defeated in PMC.
3.23 pm: Here is a quick breakdown of the leads so far in 158 wards: BJP (77), NCP (43), Congress (16), Shiv Sena (10) and MNS (5).
3.07 pm: Mood outside BJP office in Pune.
3.03 pm: Pune MP Anil Shirole’s son Siddarth Shirole of the BJP defeats deputy mayor Mukari Algude (Congress), Balasaheb Bodke(NCP) and RajuPawar(Sena).
3.00 pm: After round 2 of counting in Panel 9, BJP takes lead in all four seats.
2.57 pm: Pune Zilla Parishad announced results so far: NCP (18), Congress (4), BJP (2), Shiv Sena (6).
2.46 pm: Congress candidate Sangita Gaikwad requested for recounting in 8 (b).
2.42 pm: Counting is currently underway in Panel 9. In Panel 7 (University-Wakdewadi), all four wards go to the BJP. The party is also leading in all four wards in Panel 14 (Deccan-Model Colony).
2.37 pm: The youngest candidate to contest in PMC 2017 polls, Prachi Alhat, 21, of the Shiv Sena celebrating his win.
2.33 pm: BJP MP Sanjay Khakde on the party’s success in the PMC polls: “We are confident that we will win. Happy that we have won in Pune and people of Pune have shown confidence in us. We will fullfil all their promises. Ticket allotment strategy was the best decision and deserves most credit.”
2.14 pm: Pune’s Guardian Minister and BJP leader Girish Bapat credits the BJP governments at Centre and State for the party’s great showing in PMC polls, reports Atikh Rashid. He said Pune residents rejected the NCP and Congress because of their laggard attitude towards the key civic issues.
“We were confident of winning the PMC on our own since day elections were announced. The credit for the win goes to the good governance and decision making shown by State and Centre governments, hardwork by party workers and terrible governance of PMC by Congress and NCP in last 15 years. Puneites knew that it wasn’t just sloganeering. The metro project wasn’t only cleared but a huge budgetary allocation too was made,” Bapat said. READ MORE
— Atikh Rashid (@taubaTOFsingh) February 23, 2017
2.06 pm: Here are the leads at 2.00 pm: BJP (54), NCP (28), Congress (11), Shiv Sena (9), MNS (6).
1.55 pm: Meanwhile in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the BJP is currently ahead in 36 seats out of the 128 seats. A major improvement considering they have won just 3 in the previous elections. NCP are leading in 20 seats and Sena in 5.
1.51 pm: In Rupali Thombare-Patil, BJP candidate Gayatri Khadke upsets sitting MNS corporator.
1.46 pm: BJP workers who assembled at the party’s election office on J M Road kickstart celebrations after good show in PMC.
1.44 pm: Special correspondent Ajay Khape with more updates:
# MNS candidate Sainath Babar wins in Kondwa-Mithanagar panel of PMC.
# MNS leader of house in PMC Kisshore Shinde defeated from Bavdhan-Kothrud depot seat.
# Opposition leader in PMC Arvind Shinde of Congress re-elected to PMC.
1.38 pm: The BJP sweeps Panel 3 of PMC.
1.28 pm: BJP candidates who won all 4 seats in Panel 8 celebrate their victory.
1.19 pm: Sharad Pawar’s NCP may be trailing BJP by a huge margin in PMC but his grandnephew Rohit Pawar won the Pune Zilla Parishad with over 12,745-vote margin.
1.16 pm: Results of NOTA (none of the above) in Panel 8 makes up for some interesting analysis, reports Partha Biswas. In wards reserved for women, NOTA gets more than 1000 votes.
1.12 pm: With leads for 102 of the 162 seats in, Shiv Sena and MNS don’t have much left to improve their current tally of 6 and 4 respectively. NCP, which won over 50 seats in 2012, appears to have conceded ground to the BJP in several seats.
1.04 pm: BJP increases it lead in Pune, breaches the 50-mark. Leads in 60 seats of the 162 yet to come in.
1.00 pm: The BJP has swept PMC panel 10 (Bavdhan); all four candidates notch up wins. Follow our reporter @parthabiswas on Twitter for more updates.
12.41 pm: Former Pune mayor R S Kumar lose his seat.
12.35 pm: In Pimpri-Chinchwad, it appears the BJP has made up ground and clawed its way into the lead, overtaking the NCP.
12.27 pm: Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap and his mother Usha Jagtap win in PMC polls. Here is a pic of the mother-son duo celebrating post their wins.
12.22 pm: Our reporter Partha Biswas with more updates from Pune: The BJP has swept Panel 8 as it has notched up wins in all four seats. Counting of votes in Panel 9 is about to get underway.
12.19 pm: BJP supported Independent Reshma Bhosale, wife of NCP MLC Anil Bhosale, close to winning Pune University-Wakdewadi panel in PMC, reports special correspondent Ajay Khape.
Sangita Wadekar BJP wins pnael 8 PMC pic.twitter.com/nP2CeBmP9w
— Partha Biswas (@parthasbiswas) February 23, 2017
12.14 am: Leads from 84 of the 162 wards are in: BJP is leading in 41, NCP in 18, Congress in 10, Shiv Sena in 5, and MNS in 4.
12.10 pm: Sharad Pawar’s grandnewphew Rohit Pawar wins Pune Zilla Parishad while Swabhimani Paksha leader Sadabhau Khot’s son tastes defeat in Sangli, reports Partha Biswas.
12.07 pm: We are nearing the halfway mark in the PMC. BJP is currently in a strong position to dislodge the NCP dispensation in Pune.
12.03 pm: Our special correspondent Ajay Khape reports that Husband and wife, Rajendra Wagaskar and Vanita Wagaskar of the MNS are currently leading Koregaon Park electoral panel. In total, MNS are leading in just four seats.
11.58 am: NCP’s Anand Alkunte got 11,305 votes, Congress’ Khandu Londhe 7,957 votes and the NCP-backed independent candidate Ruksana Inamdar got 7,308 votes in Ramtekdi Sayyednagar panel.
11.56 am: FLASH! We have our first wins in PMC polls: Ananad Alkunte (NCP), Khandu Londhe (Congress), Independent Ruksana Inamdara win in Ramtekdi Sayyednagar panel.
11.53 am: Meanwhile in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the NCP is currently leading in 20 wards and BJP trails with 15. NCP swept the 128-seat corporation by winning 83 seats in the previous election.
11.51 am: Our correspondent from Pune, Partha Biswas reports that the Bharatiya Janata Party, after round five of counting, has established a comfortable lead in all the four seats in Panel 8 (Aundh Bopodi).
11.48 am: Former Pune Mayor Dattatreya Dhankawde (NCP) is leading at ward no.38 (A) Balaji Nagar-Rajiv Gandhi Nagar. He stepped down in February 2016 to make way for Prashant Jagtap.
11.40 am: It has been 1 hour and 40 minutes since counting began and things are not looking good for the MNS, Congress and Shiv Sena. It was neck and neck between the three parties for second place in 2012 but MNS emerged as the second largest party.
11.35 am: Here is the breakdown of the leads so far: BJP (35), NCP (13), Congress (4), MNS (4), Shiv Sena (3).
11.32 am: Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap of NCP is leading in panel 25. He took over the reins from Dattatraya Dhankawade of NCP in February 2016. Jagtap mother Usha is also currently leading.
11.23 am: Despite the Shiv Sena struggling in PMC they are racing away in the neighbouring BMC, where they are currently leading in 59 wards.
11.11 am: It appears the BJP are racing ahead of its rivals in PMC polls. If the BJP can convert its current leads into wins, they are set to emerge as the single largest party. They have already surpassed its 2012 numbers.
11.07 am: A poll official declaring results.
11.01 am: Follow our Pune reporters Ajay Khape (@ajay_khape) and Alifiya Khan (@alifiyakhan) on Twitter as results pour in for the PMC elections.
11.00 am: Shiv Sena just leading in one seat while the MNS is yet to open its account.
— PMC Care (@PMCPune) February 23, 2017
— alifiya khan (@alifiyakhan) February 23, 2017
10.52 am: It appears just six postal ballots were counted in the last half and hour. Party agents who assembled at the counting centre are getting restless, reports Alifiya Khan from Pune.
10.40 am: BJP leading in 19 wards. NCP in 7 and Congress in 1. Mukta Tilak of BJP leading in panel 15 Sadashiv Peth area.
10.35 am: View from inside a counting centre.
10.29 am: BJP is currently leading in two wards. The party is trying to make inroads in the NCP-dominated PMC & PCMC based on its good performance in 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
10.23 am: NCP contesting to retain power in PMC and PCMC that falls in the home district of party chief Sharad Pawar.
10.19 am: A total of 1090 candidates are in fray for 162 seats in 41 electoral panel in PMC. The voter turnout was 55.50 per cent.
10.17 am: We have our first lead: BJP leading in one seat.
10.11 am: In 2012, NCP swept the polls notching up wins in 51 wards and it was neck and neck between the BJP (26), Congress (28) and MNS (29).
10.08: In other news, we already have a winner in Pimpri-Chinchwad. It appears the BJP candidate was elected unopposed.
10.00 am: Counting begins for the 162 wards in Pune.
9.50 am: This how Pune and Mumbai voted in 2012.
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