[AIMIM Cheif Asaduddin Owaisi in a file photo. Nashik Mahanagar Plaika has a total of 122 seats and is currently ruled by MNS]
Nashik: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidate is ahead of rivals on one seat in Nashik Mahanagar Palika, also known as Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), where counting of votes is still underway, according to trends available at 12: 00 pm.
The BJP is leading on 168seats whereas the Shiv Sena is ahead on 08 seats. The Congress is ahead on 02 seats. The ruling MNS and NCP are leading on 01 seat each.
The Counting of votes in Nashik to elect the new body of the Nashik Maha Nagar Palika (NMC) began Thursday morning at around 10:00 am.
These are just trends. Final results are still awaited.Live Update:
11:20 AM The Counting of votes in Nashik to elect the new body of the Nashik Maha Nagar Palika (NMC) began Thursday morning at around 10:00 am. According to trends available at 11: 20 am, the BJP is leading on 16 seats whereas the Shiv Sena is ahead on 05 seats.
The Congress is ahead on 02 seats.
The ruling MNS and NCP are leading on 01 seat each.
11:00 AM The Counting of votes in Nashik to elect the new body of the Nashik Maha Nagar Palika (NMC) began Thursday morning at around 10:00 am. According to trends available at 10: 40 am, the BJP is leading in 04 wards whereas the Shiv Sena and Congress are ahead in 02 wards each.
The ruling MNS is leading in 01 ward.10:15 AM The Counting of votes in Nashik to elect the new body of the Nashik Maha Nagar Palika (NMC) began Thursday morning at 10:00 am. The process began with counting of postal votes.
After counting of postal votes are over, the round wise counting of different Wards (Prabhags) will begin, election officials said.
Trends and results are expected to start coming by 11:00 am.
09:00 AM Counting of votes to elect the new body of 122-member Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) also called as Nashik Mahanagar Plaika is scheduled to begin today i.e. Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10:00 am, an election officer said. The pligrim city Nashik went to polls on Tuesday, recording 61.60 per cent voter turnout - highest in recent years.
Along with Nashik, 09 other Municipal Corporations also went to the poll on Tuesday. Counting of votes in all these civic bodies including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane and Akola will start at 10:00 am today, the election officer added.
In Nashik, the main parties in the fray are the ruling Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Shiv Sena, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M).
Nashik has a total of 31 wards. While 29 wards are represented by 04 candidates, two wards have 03, taking the total number of corporators in the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to 122. The current mayor is Ashok Murtadak of the MNS.
While the MNS won 40 seats in the 2012 elections, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 20 seats, the Congress 15, Shiv Sena 19, Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) 14, Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M) 03 and others were 11.
The Shiv Sena ruled Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) consecutivey for two terms. Interestingly in 2012 the MNS had defeated in 2012 Nashik elections, not only the Shiv Sena but also the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the party led by now in jail Chagan Bhujbal, who as Guardian Minister of Nashik had to his credit a number of big and small projects, including the largest flyover and Ozhar Airport, successfully implemented in and around Nashik.
It was the first time when the MNS was elected to power a civic body. People had expectations and were impressed by the promises made by Raj Thackeray who was criss-crossing the entire state with a promise to provide a better alternative and assert his position over Udhav Thackeray, his cousin who was heading the Shiv Sena after the death of Bal Thackeray.
It was the time when Raj Thackeray was a leader taller than Udhav Thackeray. But then came the emergence of Narendra Modi at the centerstage of the national politics and a sudden rise of the BJP. Shiv Sena gained by allying with Modi and his BJP. Very soon started the decline of the MNS. Raj Thackeray from being a force to reckon with, became a political non-entity.
Moreover with unfavourable BJP government in Mumbai and New Delhi, the MNS could not do much. The party could not even use the Maha Kumbh held during its tenure to make the Nashikites realise that the party is different from others. Its result was that by the time of the 2017 civic elections, the party was in a total disarray and could not keep his party corporators to the party fold.
Against this backdrop, the stakes are high for Raj Thackeray and his MNS as Nashik prepares for the counting of votes to elect the new body of the 122-member civic body scheduled for Thursdat February 23, 2017.
All indications are that the MNS will fail to retain its control over the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). If it happens, it will be a big blow to Raj Thackeray who has in the recent time failed to show any considerable gain in the first and second phase of civic elections held in other parts of Maharashtra including Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.