Nagpur/Mumbai: Dealing a major blow to BJP’s aspirations to play solo in Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation Elections, Shiv Sena turned out to be the clear winner by grabbing 61 out of 122 seats restricting BJP to just 29 seats. The results came equally surprising for both BJP and Congress which has been shunted out at mere 3 seats.
Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena stood third at 12 seats. On the the contrary, BJP saved its grace in Kolhapur Municipal Corporation elections with the help of local Tararani party to fix its lead at 33 seats pushing Shiv Sena to win only 4 seats. Congress gave a tough fight to BJP on this seat as it gained 27 seats, giving just a marginal win to BJP. BJP was quick ot find the saving grace in Tararani party without the support of which it would not have made the cut.
Latest Election Tally ( Lead )
Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation
Shiv Sena – 52
BJP – 42
MNS – 12
Cong – 3
BJP-Tararani – 32
Shiv Sena – 4
Congress – 27
NCP – 15
However Shiv Sena too has its share of setbacks at Kalyan Dombivali. Kalyan and Dombivali Mayor Kalyani Patil lost to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Suman Nikam by 50 votes.
According to State Election Commission of Maharashtra, about 47 percent of the voters exercised their franchise for the 122-ward civic body of the twin cities of Kalyan and Dombivali, currently run by Shiv Sena-BJP.
BJP legislator from Dombivli Ravindra Chavan claimed that BJP will continue to remain in power.
“Smart City and development was the choice of voters of the twin cities and I hope it has reflected in their voting. After the results are announced, you will see that the Mayor will be from the BJP,” he claimed.
NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase expressed shock at the “low grade political barbs” traded by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray while campaigning for the KDMC poll.
“Leaders from both these parties have manipulated the system to win the election,” he charged.
Congress leader and member of State Legislative Council Sanjay Dutt too expressed confidence that his party will perform good. The BJP currently has nine corporators in the 122-member KDMC and it shares power along with the Sena that has 31 corporators along with the support of a few Independents.