NDTV News Desk
| Thursday February 23, 2017, Mumbai
The BMC or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election is more than civic body polls for parties in India's financial capital. The Shiv Sena and the BJP, long-time allies, contested separately and fought bitterly against each other. Some 21,620 candidates contested the 5,777 seats up for grabs in the 10 municipal corporations including BMC, for which the elections were held in two phases. Apart from Mumbai, the municipal corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur. But the focus was on the BMC, which has a gigantic budget to beat that of many other civic bodies and even states.