[Nanded is the home town of former Maharashtra Chief Minister and State Congress President Ashok Chavan.]
Nanded (Maharashtra): The Congress party is likely to retain the control of the 81-member Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) winning 35-40 seats, Exit Polls conducted by some local reporters after the polling on Wednesday claimed.
Polling to elect the new body of Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) also known as Nanded Maha Nagar Palika were held on Wednesday under the tight security.
Counting of votes will be done on Thursday October 12.
More than 500 candidates belonging to the ruling Congress, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were in the fray.
The Exit Polls conducted by the local reporters said the BJP, which tried hard to dislodge the Congress from its bastion, will be distant second winning 15-20 seats.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) the two parties contesting the election in alliance are likely to win a total of 10 seats, the exit polls said.
The Shiv Sena is projected to win 07-10 seats whereas the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will end with just 2-3 seats, the exit polls said.
Nanded is the home town of former Maharashtra Chief Minister and State Congress President Ashok Chavan.
In the run up to the polls, Chief Minister Fadnavis had accused the Shiv Sena of lobbying with the Congress to defeat the BJP.
The Congress, with 41 members, controls the outgoing civic body. The AIMIM, which contested the 2012 Nanded Maha Nagar Palika election for the first time, had won 11 seats.
The run up to the Nanded election also witnessed ugly fight between the Congress and AIMIM candidates and workers following which the AIMIM Maharshtra president Syed Moeen and other partys workers were arrested by the police.