Mumbai: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, is leading in 25 of the total 54 wards it contested for the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation election where counting of votes began today morning.
Overall, however, the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance is leading in 57 wards. The Congress and the NCP are facing humiliating defeat in this politically imporant Marathwada district. According to the trend available till 03:45 pm, Congress is leading in 05 wards whereas the NCP is leading in just 02 wards.
Aurangabad has 113 wards, but two Shiv Sena candidates -- in wards 100 and 103 -- had already been elected unopposed.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which won on one seat in the last state election, is contesting on 54 seats, and is confident of victory in Muslim majority areas.
"We were in the fray in Aurangabad and the result will prove how Muslim voters have accepted us an alternative," MIM MLA Imtiaz Jaleel said, adding that he hoped for a big victory.
State BJP chief Raosaheb Danve, on the other hand, said that BJP- Shiv Sena alliance will win in Aurangabad. The Congress too is confident that the party will be able to dislodge Sena from the civic body in Aurangabad.
In Aurangabad, a total of 8,95,940 voters (Male-4,30,635, female- 3,85,305) cast votes. There were minor incidents of stone-pelting and scuffles.
Election to elect the new body were held in Navi Mumbai and Aurangabad on Wednesday. Sena is in power in Aurangabad for the last 30 years whereas Navi Mumbai, a satellite town of Mumbai, is known to be a stronghold of NCP leader Ganesh Naik.
Shiv Sena and BJP contested in an alliance in both municipal corporations while the Congress and NCP contested separately.
The ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is leading in 11 of the Navi Mumbai municipal wards of the total 111 wards where counting of votes began today morning amid tight security, according to the trends till 11:45 am.
The NCP has also won the election in Ward No. 10. Here Shahikala Sutar of the ruling party has won the election by about 600 votes.
The NCP led by Ganesh Naik is ruling the Navi Mumbai civic body since last 20 years.
Trends available till 11:00 am, one hour after the counting began, showed that the Congress is leading in 05 wards, Shiv Sena leading in 04 wards whereas the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in just 03 wards.
About 51 percent of voters exercised their votes to elect 111 members of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, whereas 65 per cent voters turned up to elect 111 members of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation in the elections held Wednesday.
Elsewhere, the voting percentages in civic polls were as follows: Ambernath municipal council: 48.81 percent, Kulgaon-Badlapur municipal council: 59 percent, Rajgurunagar (Pune): 72 per cent, Varangaon (Jalgaon): 77.23 per cent, Bhokar (Nanded): 74.4 per cent, Movad (Nagpur): 87.90 per cent and Wadi (Nagpur) municipal council: 62.3 per cent.
Of the 2,827 gram panchayats where elections were held, 387 panchayats were elected unopposed.