Big Blow to BJP As Congress Sweeps Nagpur Panchayat Samiti Polls

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Being the home ground of the RSS and senior leaders Nitin Gadkari, Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrashekar Bawankule, Nagpur polls results shows the BJP has no grip in the district.

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NEW DELHI — The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a big blow as the Congress swept Panchayat Samiti polls in Nagpur district of Maharashtra, the headquarters of the RSS. The Congress dominated the results of elections to the posts of Panchayat Samiti chairpersons and deputy chairpersons.

Besides being headquarter of the RSS, the ideological fountainhead of the BJP, Nagpur district is the home turf of the BJP’s current chief of Maharashtra unit Chandrashekhar Bawankule, State Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari.

According to PTI report, the BJP could not win even a single post of chairperson and managed to secure only three seats of deputy chairperson in the elections, results of which were declared on Saturday – on the same day of voting.

The Congress won nine out of 13 posts of chairperson and eight out of 13 posts of deputy chairperson in the district. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) secured three posts of chairperson, while the Shiv Sena managed to win one such post, the district officials said, according to the report.

The Congress won the chairperson’s post in Saoner, Kalmeshwar, Parseoni, Mouda, Kamptee, Umred, Bhivapur, Kuhi and Nagpur Rural. The NCP won the post in Katol, Narkhed and Hingna, and the Shiv Sena won the Ramtek chairperson’s post, they said.

While talking to PTI, former minister and Congress rural unit chief Rajendra Mulak said, “The Panchayat Samiti results have demoralised the BJP cadre, as the party faced a defeat on the home ground of the RSS and senior leaders Nitin Gadkari, Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrashekar Bawankule.” “Winning and losing keeps happening, but the way they have lost shows that the BJP cadre has no grip in the district,” the Congress leader said. — (with inputs from agency)

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