It can be assumed that the BJP bubble was bursts in Naded Municipal Elections (Marathwada region) as Congress came out trumps by winning 69 of the 81 seats and it is a significant win in the wake of BJP wave all over India. Thus Congress retained the power in the farmers’ suicide affected area of Maharashtra. However, BJP’s vote percentage increased greatly and it is a good news for the ruling party. There were upset for both BJP and Shiv Sena, the ruling coalition in the state. BJP also won Bhandup in Sena’s stronghold and it was somewhat a consolation. Even the high profile election attracted heavy money flow but Congress came out trumps in the end. In Pune Municipal corporation byelection, BJP-RPI – an alliance came out victors. In Nagpur also BJP candidates made good account of themselves with success. It is a welcome change that the Congress has to face success in Naded, whereas face the wrath of voters in Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. BJP’s vote share increases in Nanded is a sign of some achievement but still lagged behind to the ruling Congress in the municipality.
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