Thane, May 26: The results for Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation Elections will be out in next few minutes and a full list of those candidates – winning or losing the crucial elections will also be declared by the State Election Commission. The State Election Commission started the counting for Bhiwandi Municipal Election at around 10 am. The polling for the 90 seats of the civic body was held on Wednesday, May 24. In Bhiwandi there is a four-cornered electoral fight that came to the fore with the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena and the Samajwadi Party-NCP pre-poll alliance emerging as the primary contenders in the fray.
Bhiwandi, which comes under Thane district is also known as the warehouse and logistic hub of Maharashtra which has a total population of 7,09,655. In Bhiwandi there are 4,79,253 registered voters and for 90 seats there are 460 candidates entering the fray. During the polling, the State Election Commission had assigned 644 voting stations, along with 4,028 personnel, for smooth conductions of the polls.
In 2012 Bhiwandi Municipal Elections, the city received a fractured mandate, with no party crossing the majority mark. Congress was the only party to win 26 seats, whereas the Shiv Sena emerged at second position bagging 16 seats. The two parties later formed a post-poll alliance to elect the Mayor for BNMC. In 2012, the BJP which had also launched an aggressive campaign to wrest the corporation in this round of polls had won only 8 seats in 2012.
But this year the situation is different in Bhiwandi. The BJP has high expectations in Bhiwandi and its party leaders expect that the formula of development will work in the textile hub. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had also led a strong campaign in Bhiwandi in this round of polls, aiming that the party may cross the majority mark without any post-poll alliance. Earlier this week when Maharashtra CM Fadnavis addressed a rally in the city, he promised to create 4-5 lakh new jobs in Bhiwandi after completion of the projects initiated by the state government.
The Bhiwandi Civic Poll is also considered to be a key battle between Shiv Sena and BJP and some believe that this time also Shiv Sena might not hesitate once again to join hands with Congress in case of a fractured mandate.
The fourth front led by the NCP and Samajwadi Party are contesting on 64 seats, as both parties are contesting on 32 seats each. Meanwhile, in Bhiwandi the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has also entered the fray and is contesting from eight seats.