Amravati: Congress-NCP alliance retained power at the Amravati Municipal Corporation by winning the mayoral polls on Friday.
Congress` Vandana Kangale became the mayor while NCP`s Nandkishor Warhade was chosen deputy mayor.
All speculations about mayoral polls had come to rest as soon as Congress and NCP announced to join hands after contesting the polls separately.
Congress with 25 seats and NCP with 18 coupled with backing from an RPI(G) candidate were assured of 44 votes in the 87-member house.
Congress` Divya Sisode and Vandana Kangale and Janvikas Congress` Raju Masram were the only three candidates in fray for the Mayor`s seat which was reserved for ST category.
With the withdrawal of Sisode, there was a direct contest between Kangale and Raju Masram of Janvikas Congress, a party floated by former Congress Minister Sunil Deshmukh.
Kangale won hands down polling 52 votes as against nine polled by Masram. As many as 26 corporators, mostly of BJP and Shiv Sena, chose to stay neutral. NCP`s Nandkishor Warhade was elected Deputy Mayor as he secured 52 votes against 22 polled by the rival candidate.