Amid the ongoing poll-counting of the Municipal Corporation polls across Maharashtra, the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chairman Sanjay Nirupam has submitted his resignation. Taking the entire responsibility of party’s poor show in the Brihanmumbai Municipality Corporation elections, Nirupam decided to step down from his post on February 23.
The poll-counting came up with shocking results for the Indian National Congress party across the state as it could manage only 3 seats in Mumbai and in other districts, it was a total flop show. In Pune, Congress has been leading in over 11 seats, while in Nashik and Nagpur the lead was over 4 and 14 seats respectively. But their ship sank completely in Thane and Pimpri-Chinchwad, where the party fell flat, failing to even open their account.
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2275 candidates are battling it out in 227 municipal wards. Over 1.95 crore voters across the state were entitled to vote to choose representatives for ten city corporations. It is a five corner contest between parties like Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress. But all eyes are on the former allies Shiv Sena and the BJP who are fighting it alone in BMC elections 2017 for the first time after they broke their 20-year-old alliance.
As enthusiastic Mumbaikars came out to vote on February 21, Mumbai recorded the ts highest-ever voter turnout for a municipal election, with 55.28 per cent. The political temperature in Mumbai is at the peak as the results of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in what is being dubbed as India’s richest civic body election is all set to be out today.