Shiv Sena-BJP alliance retains power in Aurangabad

Aurangabad: The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance has retained power in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) by winning the election held yesterday.

Counting of votes held today, a day after the polling. Sena-BJP bagged 45 seats whereas the Congress-NCP-SPA front had to be satisfied with 33 seats. The saffron alliance is all set to form the next governance of the body with the support of few independents.

Elections were held for 98 seats out of a total of 99 seats. One seat was won by Congress (Nehrunagar, Abdus Sajid Abdus Sattar) unopposed. Shiv Sena emerged as the largest party with 31 seats and its alliance partner, BJP bagged 14. Congress won 19, NCP-11 and its ally, Shahar Pragati Aghadi, SPA won three seats. MNS opened its account and could get just one seat.

Independent candidates emerged victorious in 17 wards. Others including RPI bagged three seats. In last AMC polls, Shiv Sena had just 25 seats and BJP-21. Notably, son of MP Chandrakant Khaire, Rishikesh lost the election.

Around 60 per cent voters out of a total of 7,00,223 voters, exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 816 candidates at 618 booths. 3,800 election officers and employees were pressed into service and 4,000 police and security personnel were deployed to ensure peaceful voting. 60 video cameras were also affixed at voting booths.

After the election results were declared, workers of the winners and loser candidates scuffled in Kiradpura area. Incidents of stone pelting were also reported. Police sources said that though the incidents of violence were witnessed in Kiradpur, no complaint was lodged and no arrests were made till late in the afternoon.