Maharashtra civic elections: Congress loses stronghold Latur to BJP

In the 70-member municipal corporation the BJP has won 41 seats followed by the Congress at 28

In the 70-member municipal corporation the BJP has won 41 seats followed by the Congress at 28

The Bahrtiya Janata Party (BJP) won 38 seats whereas the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) respectively won 31 and 01 seat each in Latur Municipal Corporation (LMC) elections counting of votes where ended today afternoon.

Latur has predominantly been a Congress stronghold, electing former home minister Shivraj Patil for seven consecutive terms and playing home turf for former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

On April 19, Chandrapur, Latur and Parbhani held civic polls.

Live Updare: 12:00 pm Maintaining its lead in Congress bastion, the BJP is ahead on 35 seats whereas the ruling Congress is ahead on 25 seats in Latur where counting of votes to elect new body of Latur Municipal Corporation is still underway.

The BJP's victory in Latur stands out as the saffron party, which drew a blank in the 2012 elections, bagged 36 seats Friday in the 70-member civic body.

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In Chandrapur in Vidarbha, the BJP won 32 of the 66 seats.

Hailing the BJP's performance, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, 'BJP is creating history yet again'. The Congress had never lost the 70-member corporation since Independence. The NCP had won 13 seats in 2012 polls.

LIVE- Latur Municipal Corporation Election Results: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the Latur Municipal Corporation Elections 2017. It was a test of political clout for BJP leader and state minister Sambhajirao Nilangekar and the local Congress MLA Amit Deshmukh.

The CM also congratulated the party workers for the victory. #MahaVoted4BJP. We will work harder and continue to work for every citizen with our mantra of good governance to serve the last man! According to the figures given by india.com, Latur has 2.78 lakh voters and it recorded 60 percent voting this time.

In February, the 46-year-old Chief Minister was credited with the BJP's resounding victory in local elections in regions like Amravati and Pune.

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