Congress left the grip on Latur

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The trends in Latur, now controlled by the former Maharashtra chief minister's son Amit Deshmukh, were especially encouraging for the BJP as it had not managed to win a single seat in the 2012 municipal elections.

Voting for 201 seats in the Latur, Chandrapur and Parbhani Municipal Corporations was held on Wednesday (19 April).

In the 65-member Parbhani municipal corporation, the battle was mainly between the incumbent NCP and Shiv Sena.

LIVE- Latur Municipal Corporation Election Results: BJP has won in Latur with 40 seats. The BJP however managed to increase its tally from two members to 8 members while Shiv Sena has to remain content with six seats.

In a message on Twitter, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: "Thank you #Latur for grand, historic mandate to BJP, showing faith on our Govt's policies!Congratulations to @sambhajipatil77!" Till now, Congress was in power in this 66-member civic body. The NCP had won 13 seats in 2012 polls. "If the BJP is voted to power", Mr Fadnavis said, the party would "ensure Latur becomes drought-free".

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"We will work harder and continue to work for every citizen with our mantra of good governance to serve the last man", he tweeted.

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

In Latur Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls, the BJP had breached the long-standing Congress citadel. For the first time since Independence, Latur voted for the BJP, the party which had no seats in municipal corporation. In rural areas where the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have traditionally been strong the ruling party has made major inroads in local elections. There were 418 candidates in the fray; number of voters was 2.12 lakh. Around 62% voter turnout was registered for the three civic bodies.

He attributed the victory to the BJP's agenda of development and transparency.

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