BJP continue to get leads in the second phase of municipal polls though NCP claimed dominance over Baramati. In a shocking development, Congress lost in its stronghold Latur as BJP made inroads. Five BJP mayor and 100 councillors have won in these polls while NCP has two mayor seats and 99 councillors in all. After achieving success in the elections of local bodies the saffron party came out on top yet again in the municipal corporations in Pune district. Thus BJP surging ahead before the State elections and with the surgical strike and the demonetisation of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes in recent times all add to the credentials of the party at the local as well as national level.
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