Mumbai: The opposition Congress on Monday won 122 seats and bagged eight municipal president's post while BJP won 116 seats in the third round of municipal council and Nagar Panchayat polls in Maharashtra.
In the third phase of elections, 19 municipal councils and two nagar panchayats went to polls on Sunday in the districts of Aurangabad, Nanded, Bhandara and Gadchiroli, of which the results were announced on Monday.
However, the ruling BJP retained its overall top position. With 116 seats from the third phase, its tally in all three phases rose to 1061 councillors. The ruling party also won eight posts of municipal council president in the third phase, taking the tally of its council presidents to 64.
At the end of three phases, BJP continued to remain the single largest party while Congress finished second with 894 seats, followed by NCP at 786 and Shiv Sena at 598.
The break-up of council presidents' tally at the end of phase 3 is: BJP 64, Congress 33, NCP 21. Sena had won 26 council chief posts earlier but drew blank in the third phase.
Apart from BJP and Congress, NCP won 78 municipal council seats in the third phase, independents 28, Lok Bharati five, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha two, Samajwadi Party one and Shiv Sena 38. In Nanded district, MIM bagged five seats while BSP won two.
Fourth and last phase will be conducted on January 8, 2017....