Congress defeated BJP in Gadkari, Fadnavis’ bastion in Nagpur Zilla Parishad elections.
With nearly 67% voting in the Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Panchayat Samiti (PS) elections, Congress-NCP made a comeback with a total of 41 out of 58 seats. The polling that took place on Tuesday had around 14,20,000 voters. While BJP grabbed 15 seats, Shiv Sena managed to secure only one seat. Counting of votes was being held at 13 tehsil offices, for which around 2,000 government staffers were deployed.
NCP leader Salil Deshmukh and son of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh won the Zilla Parishad elections from Metpanjra circle in Katol. However, it was a major setback to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari as Congress candidate Mahendra Dongre won from minister’s native village Dhapewada. Also, Congress candidate Nana Kambhale won from former guardian minister and BJP leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s erstwhile constituency Koradi circle. The BJP, which earlier dominated the Nagpur ZP, contested the polls independently this time, without its former ally Shiv Sena.
While there were total 270 candidates for ZP, 497 candidates fought the PS elections. The Congress contested on 42 ZP seats while NCP fought on 16.
Here’s the party wise breakdown of 58 seats:
Shiv Sena: 1