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Ahmednagar Municipal Elections: House hung, Independents hold the key
Monday December 16, 2013 8:00 PM, Staff Reporter

In a dramatic result, the elction for the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation threw up a hung house with the ruling Shiv-Sena and the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) both winning 16 seats each.

Elections for the 68-member Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation were held Sunday and counting of votes were done today amid tight security.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), which had an alliance with the Shiv-Sena could win just 10 seats.

The Congress party which may extend support to the NCP has won 11 seats whereas the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has won 04 seats. The independents have won on 11 seats.

A total of seven Muslims have also won the elections.

Against this backdrop even if Shiv-Sena and BJP or NCP and Congress join hands to rule the civic body for the next five years they will still need the support of the independents to reach to the halfway mark.

Earlier Ahmednagar recorded seventy three percent voter turnout on Sunday to elect the new body of the 68-member municipal corporation.

"Voting in Ahmednagar which began today morning at 07:30 was totally peaceful. A record 73% people cast their votes to elect the new body of the 68-member municipal corporation", Election Officer SB Tadvi said while talking to

He said that as compared to the last time, the voting percentage saw a record increase.

"Last time's polling percentage was 62. So, this time we see an increase of 11% in the polling percentage", he said.

He said elections were held on Sunday for 67 seats of the 34 wards.

He also said that the election on one seat was cancelled after a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was elected unopposed.

A total of 369 candidates belonging to various parties including the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) contested the elections. Fifty percent of the total seats was reserved for women candidates.



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