Mumbai: Steadily making inroads in Maharashtra, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) - Hyderabad based party led by MP Asaduddin Owaisi, further consolidated its support base in the state by winning 40 seats in Municipal Election held on Sunday November 27, 2016.
The latest election victory for the AIMIM in North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha region civic polls came after similar winning streak in the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections and later in Aurangabad and Kalyan Civis polls. Before that the AIMIM had shown strong performance in Nanded municipal elections by winning in 13 wards.
According to the final results declared by the State Election Commission, the AIMIM has won 08 seats in Umkerkhed, Yavatmal district of Maharashra's Vidarbha region and has emerged as the single largest party.
With a total of 23 councilors, Umerkhed civic body has elected 07 memebers of BJP, 04 of Shiv Sena, 03 of Congress and 01 of NCP. By all accounts, Umerkhed is set to be the first civic body in Maharashtra which will be headed by the AIMIM.
In Shahada, Nandurbar district, the AIMIM has won in 04 wards.
Shahada Nagar Palika has a total of 27 seats. Here the Congress has won on 11 seats, BJP on 10 seats and the NCP has won 01 seat. Against this number, the AIMIM with 04 seats will play important role in electing the president in the Shahada civic body.
Other places where the AIMIM has registered are Beed 10 seats, Malkapur 06 seats, Anjan Gao Suji 03 seats, Buldana 02 seats, Daryapur 02 seats, Khamgaon 02 seats, Hingoli 01 seat, Majalgaon 01 seat, Hingoli 01 seat.
Overall in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) performed well in elections in 164 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats across Maharashtra while the Congress came second in the seats tally, as per official results declared on Tuesday.
The BJP also topped the tally in bagging posts of municipality president, with its ally at the Centre and state, Shiv Sena, coming second on this count. Independents scored in 510 seats and local or regional parties cornered 305 seats, said an official of the State Election Commission.
Of the total 3,727 seats contested by more than 15,000 candidates, the BJP bagged 893 seats, followed by the Congress at 727 seats.
The Nationalist Congress Party fared less than expected by notching 615 seats and the Shiv Sena stood fourth in the seats tally at 529.
Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena notched a single-digit performance with win of only seven candidates across the state, in the elections widely touted as 'mini-assembly elections' after post-demonetisation.
The BJP secured control over 51 civic bodies, where its candidates were elected municipality presidents, followed by Shiv Sena's 25, Congress' 23 and NCP just 18.
Independent civic body presidents are 11, while other smaller regional parties bagged 19 top posts in the elections.
Other important feature of Maharashtra municipal polls is that as many as six civic bodies will have Muslims as chiefs. They include, Salim Patel of Shiv Sena (Dharangaon, Jalgaon district), Aasif Tamboli of Shiv Sena (Barsinagar, Sholapur district), Sameer Mulani of Shiv Sena (Karodwaid) Ehtesham Ali of BJP (Chandrapur), Sabiha Begum of NCP (Jantur Nagar Palika), Anjumun Nisa of Bhartiya Republican Party.
In Prabhani district, Babajani Durrani of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led the party to win all 20 seats of Pathri civic body.