The Congress party emerged as the single largest party in the
Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) elections, the results of
which were announced Monday.
The Congress, though short of the
absolute majority, won 25 seats in the elections held on Sunday to
elect the new body of the 80-member house.
Teesra Mahaz, the political group
formed before the 2007 elections could win just 19 seats. It had
won 28 seats in the 2007 elections emerging as the single largest
Janata Dal (S) which is led by
veteran socialist leader Nehal Ahmed has surprisingly won just 04
seats as against 11 it had won in the last elections.
What has surprised political
observers the most is that Shan-e-Hind daughter of Nehal Ahmed,
who was proposed as the Mayoral candidate during the poll campaign,
contested the elections from two wards but lost from the both.
Likewise, Samajwadi Party (SP),
which tried to make the Malegaon blast an election issue by
fielding the blast accused as party candidates, could win just one seat
as against two seats in the last body. The two blast
accused also failed to get any electoral support. They not only
lost elections but also lost their deposits.
The Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) and
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had tried hard to woo the Muslim
voters by fielding quite a few number of candidates in Muslim
concentrated areas. But, the BJP could not win a single seat
whereas the MNS won only two seats.
The Shi Sena and the Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP), however, improved their numbers in the civic
body. While Shiv Sena increased its tally from 07 to 11, the NCP
showed major gains by winning 08 seats. In the last elections, the NCP had won just two seats.