Congress bastion Latur falls, BJP wins absolute majority
Mumbai : The BJP is on a roll and its winning wagon wheel continues to conquer man unconquered terrains. From UP to Uttarakhand to Maharashtra everywhere there is BJP.
The BJP won Latur and Chandrapur municipal corporations, out of three civic bodies that went to polls on April 19.
Defeat in Latur came as a major embarrassment for the Congress as the district has traditionally been the bastion of the party stalwart and former chief minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh.
The consolation for the Congress was the Parbhani municipal corporation, where the party improved its tally compared to the 2012 polls to retain power.
The BJP's victory in Latur stands out as the saffron party, which drew a blank in the 2012 elections, bagged 36 seats today in the 70-member civic body. The Congress won 33 seats while one seat went to the NCP.
The BJP pulled off another victory in the 66-member Chandrapur civic body, which was ruled by a coalition comprising the Congress and the NCP.
Hailing the BJP's performance, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, "BJP is creating history yet again."
He thanked the people of Latur and Chandrapur for the mandate to his party and for showing faith in his government.
The CM also congratulated the party workers for the victory.
"We will work harder and continue to work for every citizen with our mantra of good governance to serve the last man," he tweeted.