Nanded headed for battle royale

A battle royale is on cards at the Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) in Nanded district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra where the fortunes of several political bigwigs would be tested.

Nanded is the home turf of Maharashtra Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, for whom retaining the control of the city government in the October 11 polls is a matter of prestige.

The polls are also significant, as the State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to use the the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in one ward on a pilot basis in one of the wards.

The NWCMC was established on March 26, 1997, by merging Nanded Municipal Council and adjoining Waghala Municipal Council and since then it had been under the Control of the Congress.

In the October, 2012, polls, the Congress had won 41 of the 81 seats. As far as the tally is concerned, Congress is followed by NCP 10 seats, while Shiv Sena got 14 and BJP bagged 2 seats.

The Hyderabad-based Owaisi-brothers-led All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen had the won 11 seats besides three others/independents.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress won only two seats from Maharashtra including Nanded, where Chavan won and neighbouring Hingoli by Rajiv Satav.

In September, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had visited Nanded.

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