Bangalore: India is a Democratic country and the people make the decisions on who should rule them. In 2014, India underwent its major political change when BJP ended the 10 year Congress Government with single majority. The results of those election proved how the public wanted a change. Since then, all over India, BJP has gained victory in Chief Minister Election across the states like Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, etc. washing out Congress completely. But it is also to be noted that the government in the Central is not reportedly doing fair according to opposition and substantial chunk of public. This is very well seen in Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), Maharashtra.
The Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation is the municipal governing body of the city of Nanded-Waghala in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Recently the Corporation election happened on October 11, 2017 for 81 seats. The Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress party, Shiv Sena, NCP (partner National Congress Party) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidates competed in the election. The vote counting started on October 12, 2017 at around 10 am. It is also to be noted that Nanded is the home turf of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, who is an MP from the constituency.
The NWCMC is one of the last surviving bulwark of the Congress in the state and a stronghold of state party chief and former CM, Ashok Chavan. It was a war of prestige for both the Congress and BJP to wrench the Nanded-Waghala city under their control. The NWCMC elections are eloquent because the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines being used for polling on a pilot basis at 31 polling centres. From the beginning, Congress kept its strong lead across in around all the seats. And the BJP ally at the Centre and in the state, Shiv Sena and NCP and AIMIM failed to secure any lead as per the vote count.
At around 1.40 pm, it was announced that Congress crossed the halfway marks and was leading on 4 seats out of 81 and BJP marked its lead on 2 seat and Shiv Sena on 1 seat. It should be noted that previously, the civic body in the city was renowned for the “Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara”, which is one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of the legendary Sikh spiritual leader, Guru Gobind Singh.
The Congress was ruling Nanded since the past two decades. It is once again the Congress party which has retained control over the prestigious Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC). It bagged a staggering 73 of seats out of 81 seats. The overall split up is as follows: BJP – 6, Congress – 73, Shiv Sena – 1, AIMIM – 0, NCP – 0, Independents – 1.
Maharashtra Congress chief and former CM, Ashok Chavan told the reporters, “Today’s results have proven that the return journey of the BJP has started from Maharashtra. Our ground work in Nanded ensured that there was no tampering of EVMs, which led to our victory…There is severe discontent among the people due to high fuel prices, farmers’ suicides and troubles caused to cultivators due to faulty loan waiver system. People have understood the hollow claims made by the chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis)”.
While on the other hand, BJP’s new ally and Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha (MSP) leader Narayan Rane has advised the BJP leadership to do introspection on why BJP failed so bad. He also reported that Nanded civic poll results would have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
So does the inference by Congress party that results from the Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation election clearly shows that “the Modi Wave” has subsided is right. This result would sound disappointing to BJP as this has come despite chief minister holding many election rallies in the run-up to the Nanded civic polls. We should wait and see whether this result is going to reflect in the upcoming elections across the nation.