Nanded Municipal Corporation Election counting 2017 Live updates: The counting for crucial Nanded Municipal Corporation Election will be held today. Stakes are high for BJP, Congress and Shiv Sena. Polling was held on Wednesday. Voting for the Nanded Waghala municipality witnessed 60 per cent turnout yesterday. While Congress, which is controlling the municipality, seeks to retain the civic body, the ruling party in the state and the Centre BJP has gone all out to wrest control. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is spearheading the Congress. On the other hand, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has led BJP’s poll high-decibel election campaign. Last time, out of the total 81 seats, the Congress had won 41 wards. Shiv Sena with 12 seats was a distant second, followed by the All India Majlis-e-Muslimeen with 11 seats. The BJP, on the other hand, had managed to secure just two seats. Out of 81 seats, 41 seats are reserved for women candidates, 15 seats for SC candidates, 2 for ST and 22 seats for Backward Class communities. A total of 578 candidates are in the poll fray. Results will be declared today.
11:47 AM: The Nanded election also saw the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines for the first time in the state. The machines were installed at 31 polling centres in one ward on a pilot basis.
11:43 AM: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, AIMIM’s Owaisi brothers had campaigned in Nanded.
10:00 AM: Former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s prestige is at stake on his home turf of Nanded.
9:55 AM: Voting for the Nanded Waghala municipality, which is under Chavan’s control, saw 60 per cent turnout Wednesday. While Chavan is confident of the Congress retaining the municipality, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has left no stone unturned to script a famous upset.
9:50 AM: The BJP ran a star-studded campaign, with senior Maharashtra ministers including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis coming out to campaign for the poll.
9:45 AM: Leaving nothing to chance, Chavan, who is also the Maharashtra Congress chief, had parked himself in Nanded for the last three weeks. In the build-up to the polls, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too had visited Nanded.
9:40 AM: Of the 81 seats, the Congress had won 41 seats the last time. Shiv Sena with 12 seats was a distant second, followed by the All India Majlis-e-Muslimeen (11 seats).
9:35 AM: Fadnvais said the BJP came to power in 18 states because of “good governance” under the leadership of the prime minister.
9:30 AM: “In Modi ji, people have got a leader who actually works for the poor. In the last 70 years of the Congress rule, they could not even provide people with houses. But under Modi ji’s vision, he has promised housing for all by 2022. He does not merely talk but the construction of crores of homes across the nation has already started,” he said.
9:20 AM: The Nanded civic polls is viewed as a litmus test for former chief minister and current state Congress unit president Ashok Chavan, whose father late Shankarrao Chavan, a former defence minister, had nurtured the constituency over years.
9:10 am: The 81-member civic body is currently controlled by the Congress. In the 2012 polls, the Congress had won 41 seats, Sena 14, BJP 2, NCP 10, MIM 11, Others (2), Independent 1.
9:00 am: Meanwhile, targetting Chavan, the CM said, “As many as 50,000 people in Nanded lack a proper house to live. In all these years of power, the MPCC president only cared about himself”.
8:45 am: He said various civic works and the condition of roads in Nanded would have been better had the funds been allotted to “right people” and not “laundered”.
8:30 AM: “…If Rs 300-350 crore had been allotted to right people and the money was not laundered, it would have been ensured that all roads in Nanded are of good quality. No money would have been needed for the next 20 years, but they (Congress) were interested only in taking commissions,” the CM alleged.
8:15 am: Out of 81 seats, 41 seats are reserved for women candidates, 15 seats for SC candidates, 2 for ST and 22 seats for Backward Class communities. A total of 578 candidates are in the poll fray. Results will be declared today.
8:05 AM: The Nanded civic polls is viewed as a litmus test for former chief minister and current state Congress unit president Ashok Chavan, whose father late Shankarrao Chavan, a former defence minister, had nurtured the constituency over years.
8:00 AM: The 81-member civic body is currently controlled by the Congress. In the 2012 polls, the Congress had won 41 seats, Sena 14, BJP 2, NCP 10, MIM 11, Others (2), Independent 1.
7:55 am: “Entire Maharashtra is standing behind the BJP today. In the recent elections to 16 municipal corporations, the BJP came to power in 13. There is no trace left of the Congress. As far as the Sena is concerned, it is not even in the race here. So I do not feel the need to say anything much about them,” Fadnavis said.
7:50 am: Fadnavis recalled that Sena had joined hands with the Congress against the BJP when the party was voted to power in Aurangabad municipal corporation polls. He said Sena had sided with the Congress in Jalna, Parbhani and Hingoli civic bodies as well.
745 am: Attacking the Sena, which has been firing salvos at PM Modi and the BJP-led NDA governments at Centre and state despite being an alliance partner, the chief minister said the Thackeray-led party had also helped the Congress in securing a victory in Nanded Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls.
7:40 AM: Fadnavis’ attack on the Sena came after Thackeray dared the BJP to “resign” from the Maharashtra government and face mid term polls.
7:35 AM: Uddhav Thackeray had also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his visit to Gujarat, which he dubbed a “poll campaign”.
7:30 AM: Voting for the Shiv Sena in the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation polls would mean bringing the Congress to power, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said while launching a vicious attack on the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.