The Nanded civic polls may have given Congress reason to rejoice but the BJP ally Shiv Sena too is full of confidence as it drew its own conclusions from the crushing defeat of the BJP. This also shows the deteriorating relations between the two long time allies. As the Congress won 73 of the 81 seats in the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation polls in Nanded, the message drawn by Shiv Sena is that BJP can be defeated. The ruling party at the center was limited to mere six seats in the poll and Congress leader Ashok Chavan benefiting the most. The Sena managed to open its account with one seat and an independent also won a seat in the civic body, as per the final results declared by the State Election Commission this morning. “The Shiv Sena had to fight on dual fronts. On one hand was Ashok Chavan’s Congress and on other the BJP, which uses all possible means to win an election,” an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece, ‘Saamana’, said. The Sena does not believe in playing casteist politics, it said.
The BJP had made the election a prestige issue, with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet colleagues taking part in campaigning, but they were decimated, just like in Delhi by the AAP, the Sena said. “The results must have been a shocker for our friend, which saw the dream of a Congress-free India. The message for India through this election is clear the BJP can be defeated,” the NDA’s ally at the Centre said.
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