Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

BJP wins Latur, Congress gains in Parbhani

BJP wins Latur, Congress gains in Parbhani

The Congress faced a major setback in the Latur municipal corporation elections as BJP swept the polls denting the political legacy of Deshmukh family.

Latur has voted against Congress first time in 70 years.

If you heard of Latur, the chances are high that you heard the name for some drought story.

Latur district of Maharashtra has been wrecked by five years of consecutive drought.

The track record was not much better in the preceding years.

The ruling Congress is struggling in Latur - the bastion of former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, where counting of votes is underway.

His eldest son Amit Deshmukh is a sitting MLA from Latur city constituency while youngest son Dhiraj Deshmukh is an member of the Latur zilla parishad.

Chandrapur is the home turf of senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

When polling took place on Wednesday, Latur responded with making the city Congress-free for the first time in 70 years.

In the 70-member Latur Municipal Corporation, BJP won 41 seats - getting majority while Congress was stranded to 28.

The elections were also held for Chandrapur and Parbhani municipal corporations.

The BJP won 40 out of 70-seats in Latur.

Congress had won 49 seats, NCP - 13, Shiv Sena - 2 in 2012 polls.

The Congress is leading in Parbhani in 30 out of 65 seats and looks set to wrest power from the NCP, which is ahead in 20 seats. Till now, Congress was in power in this 66-member civic body. Shiv Sena had won 6 wards.

Latur has been a Congress stronghold.

The city had faced acute water crisis previous year and government had to transport water by railway waggons at the peak of summer.

Fadnavis also promised to provide Rs 561 crore for better electricity supply in the entire Marathwada region.

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