52% voting in Navi Mumbai, 62 in Aurangabad
Mumbai: Elections to four civic bodies here
ended peacefully today except for a scuffle in Navi Mumbai
where 25 people were arrested.
While Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and
Aurangabad recorded about 52 and 62 per cent of voting
respectively, Ambernath had 52 per cent and 57 per cent voting
was recorded in Kulgaon-Badalapur.
The results for all the four would be declared tomorrow,
said the State Election Office.
A scuffle broke out between supporters of ruling Congress
and NCP over the issue of bogus voting in Sanpada voting
centre in Navi Mumbai. Police lathi charged and detained 25
for rioting, police said.
In NMMC, the Congress and NCP are fighting the election
separately against the saffron combination of Shiv Sena-BJP.
The fight is crucial for Excise Minister Ganesh Naik, who
is aiming to bring NCP to power for a consecutive third time.
MNS, Samajwadi Party and the Republican Party of India
(RPI)-Left combine is also in the fray.
The Congress and the NCP are together in Aurangabad
Municipal Corporation and Ambernath and Badlapur Councils
against Sena-BJP unity.
The presence of MNS may change equations for the Sena as
it did in the 2009 Assembly elections.