Summary: The BJP had roped in Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Patil Chikhlikar, to its camp, apart from roping in several Congress leaders to its fold to defeat Chavan.
Counting in the crucial Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation is underway with the ruling Congress party maintaining a significant lead over its rivals.
In the 2012 polls, the Congress had won 41 seats, Sena 14, followed by Asaduddin Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Muslimeen (AIMIM) with 11 seats, NCP 10.
The area is state party chief Ashok Chavan's stronghold, and over 60% turnout was observed on Wednesday. Shiv Sena is leading on one seat, and AIMIM is trailing on all seats.
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The corporation has 3.96 lakh registered voters.
Congress is in power in Nanded since its foundation.
The Exit Polls conducted by the local reporters said the BJP, which tried hard to dislodge the Congress from its bastion, will be distant second winning 15-20 seats.
Meanwhile, the biggest loser was turning out to be the AIMIM, which had not yet managed to open its account in the 81-seat civic body. Early reports suggest that the Congress is leading in the polls.
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There are 81 seats across 20 civic wards of the civic body.
Nanded is Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan's home turf and it saw an aggressive campaign, with BJP making all efforts to wrest control of the civic body. 19 wards are represented by 04 members each, while 01 ward has 05 representatives.
Congress that is now ruling the civic body is seeking to retain it while the BJP, that has been thumping all other parties in most local body polls is seeking to seize power in Nanded.
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