[Then Bhiwandi Mayor Javed Dalvi (second from right) with a delegation of Malegaon ahead of the visit by Member Planning Commission Dr Syeda Hameed on January 27, 2008 (File photo/ummid.com)]
Bhiwandi: A total of 46 i.e. more than half of of the corporators in the newly elected 90-member Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNCMC), are Muslims. Of them 43 are from the Congress party, a quick analysis of the final election result declared after counting of votes ended Friday afternoon shows.
Though Bhiwandi - the textile city located just 50 kms from Mumbai, has a huge Muslim population it never in the past had so many Muslim corporators in the civic body.
Equally interesting is the fact that the Congress has sweeped the Bhiwandi local elections winning 47 of the 90 seats. Of them 43 corporators of the Congress are Muslims.
More interestingly, the other 03 Muslim corporators are 01 each from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and the Republican Party of India (RPI).
With so many Muslim corporators in the house, it looks certain that the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation will again have a Muslim as Mayor. Bhiwandi Congress president Shoeb Guddu is billed as the front runner for the post.
Earlier, Javed Dalvi was the first Muslim of the city who became Mayor of Bhiwandi. Javed Dalvi had won the 2007 local election as an Independent candidate and was successful in becoming the Mayor with the help of other independents.
The other important aspect of the Bhiwandi local election is that the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party (SP), jointly campaigning against the BJP-led Maharashtra government since last few months, had tried to form an alliance before the election. But, differences between the three parties surfaced over the number of seats each party was willing to contest. In the end, Congress decided to go alone while the NCP and Samajwadi Party joined hands to contest the election.
The NCP-SP alliance looked so strong that it was predicted that the Congress will be routed in the elections. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which tried hard to wrest power here in Bhiwandi, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself leading the campiagn, was also upbeat after the failure of three parties to form an alliance.
However, the Congress surprised everyone by winning 47 seats. This is the first time in the last decade when a party will have a clear majority in the house.
The BJP despite all its efforts could win just 19 seats. The Shiv Sena won 12 seats, the Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 02 seats whereas others, including Konark Vikas Aghadi, won 10 seats.
Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) had fielded 08 candidates and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had contested on 07 seats. None of the AIMIM Bhiwandi and MNS candidates could however win the elections.
05:00 pm In a strong show of elctoral victory, the Congress party sweeped the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) elections winning 47 of the total 90 seats results of which were announced by the state election commision after counting of votes on Friday.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which tried hard to wrest power here in Bhiwandi - the textile city located just 50 kms from Maharashtra capital Mumbai, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself leading the campiagn. But, the party ended with just 19 seats.
The Shiv Sena which contested the Bhiwandi elections alone could win 12 seats whereas the Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 02 seats. Others including Konark Vikas Aghadi won on 10 seats.
The most humiliating result in Bhiwandi is for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The NCP formed alliance with Samajwadi Party (SP) of Abu Asim Azami to contest the Bhiwandi elections. The party however could not win a single seat.
01:00 pm The Congress on Friday appeared to be emerging as the single largest party in Bhiwandi. According to the trends available at 01:00 pm, the Congress candidates are leading on as many as 34 seats whereas the BJP is a close second with a lead on 13 seats.
The Shiv Sena is ahead on 10 seats, Samajwadi Party is leading on 03 seats whereas others including Konark Vikas Aghadi are leading on 10 seats.
12:15 pm The Congress on Friday appeared to be emerging as the single largest party in Bhiwandi. According to the trends available at 12:00 pm, the Congress candidates are leading on as many as 14 seats whereas the Shiv Sena is a close second with a lead on 10 seats.
11:30 am The Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are in neck-and-neck battle to capture power in Bhiwandi. According to the trends at 11:00 am, while the Congress is ahead on 11 seats, the BJP is leading on 10 seats.
The Shiv Sena candidates are leading on 07 seats.
The NCP is ahead on 05 seats whereas Konark Vikas Aghadi candidates are leading on 04 seats.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress candidates are leading on 05 seats whereas the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidates are ahead on 03 seats in Bhiwandi where counting of votes for the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation election is underway.
The Shiv Sena is also leading on 01 seat.
09:45 am Counting of votes to elect the new body of 90-member Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNMC) also called asBhiwandi Nizampur Mahanagar Plaika is scheduled to begin today i.e. Friday May 26, 2017 at 10:00 am, an election officer said. The powerloom city in Maharashtra went to polls on Wednesday, recording 53 per cent voter turnout.
Along with Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Malegaon and Panvel municipal corporations also went to the poll on Wednesday May 24. Counting of votes in all the three civic bodies will start at 10:00 am today, the election officer added.
In Bhiwandi, the main parties in the fray are the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - Samajwadi Party alliance, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Shiv Sena, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Konark Vikas Aghadi and a large number of independents.
A total of 460 candidates belonging to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Konark Vikas Aghadi and others are in the fray for the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) elections to be held on May 24.
According to the final list of candidates released by Municipal Commissioner Dr Yogesh Mhase (IAS), the ruling Congress party has fielded 64 candidates - the maximum number if comapred with other parties.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which is trying hard to control power in this textile hub located about 50 kms from state capital Mumbai has fielded 57 candidates.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have formed alliance for the 2017 Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation elections and have fielded a total of 64 candidates - 32 from each of the parties.
Other candidates contesting the elections are 55 of the Shiv Sena, 16 of Konark Vikas Aghadi, 08 of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), 07 of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and 05 of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Rest including 170 Independent candidates are from Republican Party of India (RPI), Bahujan Maha Sangh, Janata Dal United, Ekta Wadi Sambhaji Brigade and RPI Secular.
The Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) has a total 90 members to be elected from 23 wards or parbhags of the city.
A maximum 30 candidates are contesting elections from Ward No 04 and Ward No 12 whereas a minimum 07 candidates are trying their luck from Ward No. 22.
The existing body of the Bhiwandi - Nizampur Municipal Corporation fromed after 2012 election has 26 members from Congress, 16 members from Shiv Sena, 16 from Samajwadi Party (SP), 09 from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), 08 from Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and 07 from Konark Vikas Aghadi. The remaining are Independents.