Maharashtra: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a setback after the Congress again swept to power in the Sillod Municipal Council elections in by winning 24 of the 26 seats.
Congress managed to improve its tally as it retained power in Sillod, which is a part of the Jalna parliamentary constituency represented by BJP’s state party chief Raosaheb Danve.
Voting for the election took place on Wednesday and the counting was done on Thursday. The BJP had to remain content with two seats, while the Shiv Sena and other parties drew a blank.
Congress nominee for the president’s post, Rajarshi Nikam, defeated her BJP rival Ashok Tayade by over 10,000 votes. Nikam polled 19,563 votes.
The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) had fielded about 20 candidates but was completely routed. Congress credited the victory to party’s Sillod MLA Abdul Sattar.
Incidentally, Sillod and Paithan assembly segments from Aurangabad district were part of Jalna Lok Sabha seat which Danve represents.
Shirish Boralkar, state BJP spokesperson said, “It appears that we didn’t persuade the voters about the work done by the state and Union governments for them.”
Arjun Khotkar may join Congress Sillod election was significant for Danve, who faces stiff resistance from Shiv Sena MLA Arjun Khotkar from Jalna.
Khotkar, a minister of state in the Maharashtra government, has already made it clear that he would contest the parliamentary election from Jalna.