Congress sweeps Nanded Waghala municipal elections, won 73 out of 81

The Congress Party has registered one sided victory and managed to retain its control in the Nanded municipality, the home turf of Maharashtra’s former chief minister Ashok Chavan. The Nanded Waghala municipality recorded 60 per cent voter turnout on Wednesday.

Congress has won 73 out of the total 81 seats. BJP has managed to win six seats. Shiv Sena and independent bagged one seat each.

The AIMIM Maharashtra President Syed Moin’s mother Zakiya begum has also lost the polls.

The prestige of Ashok Chavan, the former chief minister and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president was at stake in Nanded, where BJP left no stone unturned and brought all its A-listers, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in its campaign, to ensure a win. Chavan too did not risk taking anything to chance and had parked himself in Nanded for the last three weeks. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also visited Nanded in the build-up to the polls.

Nanded is a Congress stronghold and the party had won 41 out of the 81 seats last time. Shiv Sena had secured 15 seats, followed by All India Majlis-e-Muslimeen with 11 seats. NCP (10), Samvidhan Party (2) and BJP had managed to add just two seats to their kitty.

The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines have been used for the first time in the state in these elections. The Maharashtra Election Commission had planned to use these machines across 37 polling centres in one ward but the machines had to be withdrawn from a couple of polling centres due to technical glitches, officials informed. The machines could not be installed at four other centres, making 31 polling centres the final count for the use of machine on a pilot basis.