BMC elections 2017: Shiv Sena leads but BJP seems to be Mumbai's winner, Congress wiped out

According to the latest reports, Shiv Sena is leading 84 of the 227 seats in BMC, with the BJP takes lead in 81 seats.

BMC elections 2017: Shiv Sena leads but BJP seems to be Mumbai

Shiv Sena is set to retain Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in Maharashtra, after registering a lead against   former ally BJP in the civic polls on Thursday.

According to the latest reports, Shiv Sena  is leading 84 of the 227 seats in BMC, with the BJP takes lead in 80.

Meanwhile,  the BJP is at advantage in Nashik, Nagpur, Pune, Akola, Ulhasnagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Amravati and Solapur.

The BMC, Asia's richest civic body, has been controlled by the Shiv Sena for the last 20 years and the party says it is coming back again. Its big challenge is from the BJP, its ally since 1992. The two parties contested separately this time after the Shiv Sena called off the partnership ahead of the civic polls.

On Tuesday, February 21, Mumbai witnessed 55 per cent voter turnout for BMC elections 2017, highest voter turnout in 25 years. The other 9 municipalities include Nagpur, Thane, Pune and Nashik and for 11 zila parishads and 118 panchayat samitis.

The results today have been termed as "mini-assembly elections" as the today's results will also decide a big prestige battle between the Shiv Sena's Udhav Thackeray and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has said that he will take onus for a BJP loss but will credit the party for the victory.

The BMC has an annual budget of 37,000 crores, more than that of some states. It has 227 seats and to have control a party needs to have 114. Exit polls predicted a close contest between the Sena and the BJP.

While Sena is reportedly confident of 100 seats, the BJP is confident of winning 108 on its own and becoming the largest party. Officially the party's Maharashtra chief Raosaheb Danve said, "Of the 10 municipal corporations that went to polls, the BJP will come to power in six, including Mumbai."

There were many complaints of missing names in the voter lists for the BMC election and the state BJP has said that could mean fewer seats for it. "It was incumbent on the state's Election Commission to ensure these things didn't happen. Had these names not gone missing, the BJP would have got more seats than what we are expecting," said BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that his party will withdraw from the central and state governments led by the BJP after the civic polls, though he has held out such threats before. He said the alliance was off after the two parties failed to agree on seats sharing.

In the first round of civic elections held late last year and early this year, the BJP was the major  gainer, making significant inroads in the Congress and NCP's traditional strongholds in rural Maharashtra.

In the last BMC election, the Shiv Sena had won 75 seats, the BJP, contesting as its ally, had won 31, the Congress had 52 and the NCP 13.