The Indian National Congress looks set to retain the Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), and has currently won 37 seats and is leading in another 29. BJP is meanwhile leading in 5 seats while Shiv Sena, is leading in one.
The area is state party chief Ashok Chavan’s stronghold, and over 60% turnout was observed on Wednesday.
Both BJP and Congress had brought in heavyweights for the campaign with CM Fadnavis campaigning for BJP, and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi also visited the area during the build-up. Last time, the grand old party had won 41 of the 81 seats, Shiv Sena had secured 12 with AIMIM winning 11. The BJP had a meagre two seats and it looks unlikely they will do much better in Chavan’s bastion.
VVPATs were used for the first time in the state though two machines had to be withdrawn from a couple of polling centres due to technical glitches.
Both, the Congress and BJP had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control over the civic body in the city renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, which is one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of the legendary Sikh spiritual leader, Guru Gobind Singh.