BJP comes to power in Pune corporation for first time, dislodges NCP
BJP emerged as the clear victor in Pune Municipal Corporation elections 2017.
Pune: BJP on Thursday captured NCP's Pune bastion, winning a comfortable majority and coming to power in the city for the first time.
The saffron party won 98 out of 162 seats in the Pune Municipal Corporation, dislodging NCP which was in power in the city since 2007.
The Sharad Pawar-led party could win only 38 seats this time.
Seats won by other parties were as follows - Shiv Sena - 10, Congress - 9, MNS - 2, MIM - 1 and independents - 4.
In the 2012 civic elections, BJP had won only 26 seats in Pune and was at number four.
Before elections, several sitting corporators from other parties, mainly from Congress and NCP, had switched their loyalty to BJP.
BJP: Kiran Jathar, Rahul Bhandari, Mukta Jagtap, Bapurao Karne, Sonali Langde, Alpana Varpe, Deepak Pote, Madhuri Sahasrabuddhe, Manjushree Khardekar, Hemant Rasne, Navnath Kamble, Lata Dhayarkar, Umesh Gaikwad, Kavita Vairage, Anand Rathe, Anita Kadam and Shankar Pawar.
NCP: Prashant Jagtap, Usha Jagtap, Haji Gafoor Pathan, Prakash Kadam, Deepak Mankar, Rekha Tingre.
Congress: Arvind Shinde, Latbai Rajguru.