Navi Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ambernath and Badlapur municipality election results were declared on Monday 12th April. Sharad Powar’s NCP emerged the clear winner with Shiv Sena performing quite well.
After the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly elections, these were the first polls to be held in the state. There was a lot of media attention associated with it to see if Cong-NCP can perform exceptionally well once more.
The NCP came out with flying colours winning 55 seats, a gain of 7 seats from 2005. Congress could muster only 13, a loss of two seats from before. NCP Congress had fought together in all constituencies, except Navi Mumbai. And it was in Navi Mumbai that Congress fared the worst, coming third behind NCP and Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena did quite well for itself winning 16 seats, but change in BJP’s leadership at the top saw no change in its fortune, as BJP could come up with just 1 seat. Remaining four seats went to the Independents.
The biggest loser was Raj Thackrey and his party MNS. Buit on a notion of hatred towards North Indians, the party did gather a lot of crowd to listen to the words of chief Raj Thackrey, but in reality, none of them converted in to potential voters. MNS self proclaimed den, Navi Mumbai, saw the party draw a blank.