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BJP’s rout in Nagpur ZP polls shocking: Saamana

Overjoyed: NCP workers celebrate the defeat of the BJP in the Nagpur Zilla Parishad polls.

Overjoyed: NCP workers celebrate the defeat of the BJP in the Nagpur Zilla Parishad polls.   | Photo Credit: S Sudershan

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Sena mouthpiece says if party fought election in alliance with Congress, BJP would have been finished

The Shiv Sena on Friday termed the poll result in Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP), where the BJP was ousted from power by the Congress, as “sensational and shocking”.

Polling for six ZPs (332 seats) in Maharashtra — Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Dhule, Nandurbar and Palghar — and the Panchayat Samitis (664 seats) falling in their jurisdiction were held on Tuesday and the results were declared on Wednesday.

The BJP lost control of the ZP in Nagpur, the home district of party stalwarts Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari. The BJP won just 15 of the 58 seats in Nagpur ZP, where the Congress secured a tally of 30, while its ally the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) pocketed 10.

An editorial in the Saamana, a mouthpiece of the Sena, pointed out that except Dhule, the BJP suffered defeats in the remaining five district councils. In these five districts, the Congress, the NCP, the Sena and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) have done “very well”, the Marathi daily said.

The editorial said the BJP’s defeat in the home turf of Mr. Fadnavis, the former chief minister, and Mr. Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSMEs, was “sensational and shocking” and the outcome shows the rural population was “fed up” with the party. “The Congress had performed well in the Assembly elections in Nagpur [held in October] and now it has wrested the district council from the BJP,” the Sena publication said.

The paper said in Nandurbar and other ZPs, if the Congress had fought the polls in alliance with the Sena, the BJP would have been “finished”. The Sena is in power in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress and the NCP. In the 56-member Nandurbar ZP, both the Congress and the BJP won 23 seats each, while the Sena, which had no presence earlier in the council, bagged seven.

“No party can get power in the district council without the support of the Sena. The anger of losing power in Nandurbar was so much that BJP goons attacked the Sena party office in Akkalkua,” the paper noted.

However, despite losing in Nagpur, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the ZP polls, winning 109 of the 332 seats on offer.

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