The BJP on Friday garnered a big win in the municipal elections of Sangli by giving a major defeat to the Congress-NCP alliance and swept the civic body in the state of Maharashtra where it overpowered the Shiv Sena.
The BJP’s win in the civic polls, held on 1st August comes in the middle of the agitation by the Maratha community for reservation in education and government jobs. This win is being perceived to be spelling relief for Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra who seems to be under the pressure of handling the uproar.
The Bhartiya Janata Party which is an ally of the Shiv Sena both at the Centre and in the state won 57 of the 75 seats in the Jalgaon Municipal Corporation (JMC) as per the results declared by the State Election Commission.
The local stronghold of KVA which had ruled over the civic body for quite long won just 13 seats whereas the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) got three seats while Independent won 2 seats.
On the other hand, the Congress in Jalgaon failed opening its account for a second time at a stretch.
Jalgaon is basically the bastion for BJP colossuses Girish Mahajan and Eknath Khadse. It was Mahajan, water resources minister in the BJP-led government has spearheaded the election campaign.
The BJP, for that matter, registered a flamboyant win in Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad Municipal Corporation, winning a good 41 seats in the House of 78 members thus throwing Congress completely out of power.
On this victory, Fadnavis told the reporters, “People supported the BJP since they are aware our government since they are aware our government is making sincere efforts to ensure reservation in jobs and education (for Marathas). People know it is only us who can fulfil the demands.”
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