Jolt to NCP in Amravati, Front candidate becomes new mayor

In a major setback to the ruling NCP, its ally Congress joined hands with the Nationalist Congress Front, led by expelled NCP leader Sanjay Khodke, to facilitate the election of Front candidate Reena Nanda as the mayor of Amravati today.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 10, 2014, 00:36 AM IST

Amravati: In a major setback to the ruling NCP, its ally Congress joined hands with the Nationalist Congress Front, led by expelled NCP leader Sanjay Khodke, to facilitate the election of Front candidate Reena Nanda as the mayor of Amravati today.

Congress got the Deputy Mayor's seat in return as its candidate Sheikh Jafar Sheikh Jabbar won the poll.

The NCP had expelled Sanjay Khodke, husband of former party MLA Sulabha Khodke for "indulging in anti-party activities and lowering women's dignity" after MLA Ravi Rana's wife Navneet Rana was given the Lok Sabha ticket.

Even as the Congress is sharing power with the NCP at the Amaravati Municipal Corporation (AMC), the former preferred to join forces with Khodke faction today rather than supporting its ally, which helped the Front to clinch mayor's seat. Reena Nanda polled 47 votes in the house of 87 to get mayoral term of two and half years.

Congress' Sheikh Jafar polled identical votes to win the deputy mayor's seat for the second time.

Rekha Taiwade of Shiv Sena-BJP polled just 21 while NCP's Sapna Thakur got eight. PTI COR on the poll.

The NCP had expelled Sanjay Khodke, husband of former party MLA Sulabha Khodke for "indulging in anti-party activities and lowering women's dignity" after MLA Ravi Rana's wife Navneet Rana was given the Lok Sabha ticket.

Even as the Congress is sharing power with the NCP at the Amaravati Municipal Corporation (AMC), the former preferred to join forces with Khodke faction today rather than supporting its ally, which helped the Front to clinch mayor's seat. Reena Nanda polled 47 votes in the house of 87 to get mayoral term of two and half years.

Congress' Sheikh Jafar polled identical votes to win the deputy mayor's seat for the second time.

Rekha Taiwade of Shiv Sena-BJP polled just 21 while NCP's Sapna Thakur got eight.