Congress, NCP face setback at municipal polls in Maharashtra as BJP wins

Boost for Fadnavis as BJP wins municipal body polls in Maharashtra even after demonetization.

Beating all expectations after the demonetization drama, the BJP, under the leadership of chief minister Fadnavis, emerged victorious in the Maharashtra municipal council polls. It was expected that the party would suffer a major setback after PM Narendra Modi announced the demonetization drive right ahead of the polls by rendering Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes illegal. Shiv Sena has emerged as the second largest party while Congress stood at number three followed by NCP.

This has been a huge setback for Congress and NCP as they hoped to gain after demonetization and a series of farmer suicides. However, BJP and Shiv Sena won by a huge margin. 51 BJP party leaders have been elected Municipal Council President out of the 147 municipal council polls. More than 700 of its candidates have been elected corporators too out of 2,501 seats declared in 147 Municipal Council polls held across 25 districts in the first phase.

“I thank people of Maharashtra for placing their faith in BJP in local body polls. This is a win for pro-poor & development politics of BJP,” tweeted PM Modi.