Maharashtra civic polls: BJP says Bal Thackeray’s charisma won it for them; Congress says results unexpected

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NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: BJP today credited its victory in urban local bodies elections in Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur to the "charismatic" leadersip of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and alleged Congress and NCP leaders had "failed" in their attempt to wrest power from them.

"We welcome the trends which have firmed up in favour of Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance in the local elections in Maharashtra. We have retained power and gained in Mumbai, Nagpur and Thane.

All this has been possible under the charismatic leadersip of Balasaheb Thackeray," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. A section within BJP was getting jittery over the last few months over its electoral prospects in alliance with Shiv Sena and there were attempts to make overtures to MNS chief Raj Thackery in a desperate bid to hold on to power.

The Congress-NCP alliance has been in power in the state Assembly for over a decade, leading to apprehensions in the SS-BJP camp that it may lose its hold in the local bodies as well. "We commend SS-BJP alliance. These results have also proved that Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has failed and a flop.

NCP boss Ajit Pawar, who is known for muscle-flexing, has failed to get the approval of the people," Javadekar alleged. He also hit out at Raj Thackeray, saying he has also been "unsuccessful" in these polls. Bouyed by the results, BJP said it was hopeful of similar results in ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Mumbai result unexpected: Chavan

Conceding defeat of the Congress-NCP alliance in Mumbai civic body polls, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the result was "surprising."

"The result is surprising...unexpected. We tried to consolidate secular votes but could not meet with desired outcome," Chavan told reporters this evening.

Chavan, who played a crucial role in hammering out the alliance in Mumbai, however, blamed Samajwadi Party for the debacle. "The role played by Samajwadi Party was a big setback in our efforts to stop division of the secular votes," he said.

Chavan said the alliance had benefited both the ruling partners in the state government in Mumbai and Thane.

"I congratulate Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray. We accept defeat in Mumbai. We need to introspect," he said.

The logic behind cobbling together the alliance was that if secular parties came together, "we would be able to defeat the communal forces," Chavan said.

Mumbai Feb. 17 :- Sabareddy Malesh Bora, R P I winning candidates from ward no.175 in Mumbai

Mumbai Feb. 17 :- Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray along with his family celebrated at Shiv Sena Bhavan Dadar in Mumbai. In pic Shiv Sena’s youngest winner Anusha Valpadasi-Kodam Bio-Tech Engeeniering students from Dharavi introduce in press meet.

Mumbai Feb. 17 :- Shiv Sena activist celebrated out side Shiv Sena Bhavan Dadar in Mumbai

Shivsena candidates Tavji Gorule ( Tagore Nagar – Vikhroli ), Vishwas Shinde ( Suryanagar – Vikhroli Parksite ) & Ashok Patil, ( Bhandup –west ) won in Vikhroli & Bhandup ward during the Mumbai municipal corporation election 2012 in Mumbai on Friday Feb 17, 2012

A Shivsena party worker celebrates the win of their candidates in Vikhroli, Kannamwar Nagar in Mumbai.

Mumbai Feb. 17 :- Jotsana Parmar, Samajwadi Party winning candidates from ward no. 179 in Mumbai.

MNS candidate Priyanka Shrungare from Vikhroli, Kannamwar Nagar won against Shivsena during the Mumbai Municipal Corporation election 2012 in Mumbai on Friday Feb 17, 2012

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