With win on over 120 seats, Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena and the BJP claimed huge victory in the Maharashtra gram panchayat polls.
Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde (left) with Deputy CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. (PTI Photo)
The Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena has claimed that it has tasted huge success in the recently held Maharashtra gram panchayat elections. On Thursday, around 271 gram panchayats of the 62 talukas went to polls. The results were declared on Friday. Eknath Shinde claimed big gains for the BJP and Shiv Sena (Shinde faction).
While the BJP tasted success in 82 panchayats, the Shinde faction succeeded in 40. In a big blow to Uddhav Thackeray group, the faction led by the former CM could win on only 27 seats.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took to Twitter and extended his good wishes. “People have given vote for Shiv Sena-BJP coalition government in Gram Panchayat elections in the state…Congratulations to all the winning candidates of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance and congratulations and thanks to all the officials and workers of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance who worked hard in the election…”
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Shiv Sena leader Sandipan Bhumare said that the Shinde group won on 6 out of 7 Gram Panchayats in Paithan taluka.
Here is the breakup of the Maharashtra gram panchayat results:
Shinde faction of Shiv Sena-40
Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena -27
Maharashtra Deputy Chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, too, extended his congratulations. Fadnavis said, “Even in the Gram Panchayat elections, BJP is the number 1 party! Shiv Sena led by BJP and Chief Minister Eknathrao Shinde was given a huge success by the voters of the state. Thank you very much! Heartfelt congratulations to BJP state president Chandrakantada Patil and every worker!”
This was the first local body elections to be held after the BJP-Shinde Sena alliance came to power in Maharashtra.
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