Kalyan: The Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections threw up a hung house on Monday, with the Shiv Sena edging past the BJP, while the Congress-NCP combine appeared set to retain power in the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC).
All the four major parties, which were ruling the outgoing civic bodies in alliance, fought the elections separately this time after their split prior to the October 2014 assembly polls that propelled the BJP to power.
The Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party by winning 52 of the 122 seats in the KDMC. The BJP stood second with 42 while the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) secured nine seats.
Worried by a 10-seat shortfall to secure a simple majority, the Shiv Sena may be compelled to seek the support of other parties unless it decides to tie up with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The Congress got four seats in the KDMC, the NCP two, and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has won on four seats whereas the Bahujan Samaj Party has won one seat.
Earlier, the Shiv Sena was up for an impressive show in the elections with a clear leads in as many as 64 wards, with the Bhartia Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena alliance partner in the state, which contested the election separately leading in 30 wards.
The BJP however surged ahead and ended up bagging 42 seats.
The most impressive show in this election is of the new entrant in the local politics All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). The party led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has stunned the pollsters by winning in 04 wards.
Out of the 04 MIM elected corporators, two are official MIM candidates whereas two other elected candidates are supported by the party.
Three candidates were elected unopposed in this civic body in Thane district. The elections were boycotted by voters in two constituencies and these may be held later.
Despite fighting the elections bitterly and separately for the first time since the 2014 assembly polls, the Sena-BJP secured handsome wins in KDMC, mostly at the cost of the Congress and MNS.
The Sena improved upped its tally from 31 (2010) to 52 seats this time, while the BJP shot up from nine (2010) to 42, an almost five-time hike in its tally,
On the other hand, the Congress tumbled from 15 (2010) to just four, and the MNS was humbled from 27 (2010) to only nine seats this time.
NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase expressed shock at the “low grade political barbs” traded by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray while campaigning for the KDMC poll.
“Leaders from both these parties have manipulated the system to win the election,” he charged.
Counting of votes started amid tight security at around 10:00 am. A large number of people gathered outside Krishi Bazaar Centre to know the fate of their favorite candidates.
Earlier, about 47% of the total voters cast their votes Sunday November 01, 2015 for 117 seats in the 122-member house. In 2010 elections, the total voter turn out was 43.49 per cent.
The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) 2015 elections witnessed a bitter fight between the Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena. The two parties are alliance in the state government, but contested the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections separately.
While Shiv-Sena, which ruled the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) with the support from BJP for the last five years, contested in 115 wards, the BJP fought in 109 wards.
The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) contested the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) 2015 elections together. While the Congress contested in 56 wards, the NCP fielded its candidates in 46 wards.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) - a faction of Shiv Sena led by Sena founder's nephew Raj Thackeray contested on 85 seats.
The Asaduddin Owaisi led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)- the Hyderabad based party which is on a mission to expand its wings in other parts of the country, had fielded 07 candidates.
A whopping 252 independent candidates were also trying their luck, besides other smaller parties like RPI, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Left parties and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi.