An impressive 72.18 per cent voter turn-out was registered on Wednesday in the second phase of municipal council polls in Maharashtra. Polling was conducted to elect 324 councillors and 14 municipal council presidents in Latur and Pune districts.
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As many as 1,326 candidates were in the fray for the 324 seats in 14 municipal councils. Similarly, 106 candidates were in the race for the post of municipal council president in the two districts, an official of the State Election Commission said.
Counting will be taken up at 10.30 am on Thursday. In the first phase, election to 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats across 25 districts in Maharashtra was held on November 27. The ruling BJP emerged as the major gainer in the first phase, winning highest number of seats: 893 out of the total 3,727.
The preliminary estimates of voting in the second phase today as per the state election commission are as follows: In Pune district: Baramati 76.59 pc, Lonavala 74.75 pc, Daund 61 pc, Talegaon Dabhade 68.33 pc, Alandi 82.30 pc, Indapur 77.72 pc, Jejuri 86.14 pc, Junnar 72.43 pc, Saswad 74.73 pc, Shirur 73.47 pc.
In Latur district: Udgir 69.52 pc, Ahmedpur 68.98 pc, Ausa 75.58 pc and Nilanga 67.71 pc.