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BJP defeats Shiv Sena in Ahmednagar Mayor, Dy Mayor elections with NCP support

A party needed the support of a minimum 35 members to elect its nominees as Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Friday December 28, 2018 9:58 PM, ummid.com News Network

Ahmednagar Mayor Election 2018

Ahmednagar: Babasaheb Wakale and Malan Dhone of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Friday became Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Ahmednagar, unseating the Shiv Sena from the civic body even though it emerged as the single largest party after the December 9 elections.

Shiv Sena won 24 seats in the house of 68. Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were second with 23 seats - NCP 18 seats and Congress 05 seats and the BJP had won just 14 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won 04 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) won 01 and Independents 02.

A party needed the support of a minimum 35 members to elect its nominees as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

In the election held at the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC) building Friday, Shiv Sena, NCP-Congress and BJP have fielded their candidates for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, also known as Mahapavr and Up Mahapavr, posts. In the end however BJP's Babasaheb Wakale and Malan Dhone got 37 votes each and won the elections. The BJP achieved the target after 18 corporators of the NCP openly voted for the BJP candidates.

The Shiv Sena was the single largest party with 24 seats. But, it faced a strange situation just before the elections when all its corporators boycotted the elections and refused to vote for the party nominee. Shiv Sena was the ruling the Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC) after winning the 2013 civic polls.

The statNCP leadership meanwhile has issued notices to its members seeking explaination why they did not vote for the alliance candidates.

A beaming Girish Mahajan, BJP leader and state cabinet minister, on the other hand said party had first approached the Shiv Sena for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor elections but the latter did not show any interest.

“We wanted to ally with Shiv Sena. However, they did not show any interest. Hence we had to take support from NCP,” he said.

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