The BJP could win only six, a gain of six since it had won no seat in the last civic elections in Nanded. The Shiv Sena has won all of one seat, down from 14, but the party seemed unmindful of that statistic as it exulted in its magazine Saamna, "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 Shiv Sena is a partner of the BJP both in Maharashtra and at the Centre, but often aligns with opposition parties in making scathing attacks on it.
The Saamna article alleged that the BJP had made the Nanded election a "prestige issue", with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet colleagues campaigning hard. "They were decimated, just like in Delhi by the Aam Admi Party, the Sena said.
On its performance it merely said, "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."
The Congress' state chief Ashok Chawan, whose home base Nanded is, said, "The strategy of BJP has failed in elections completely. Even after making a lot of efforts they have failed in winning. This is a clean sweep.
The BJP has in civic elections held since late last year also won 12 of 16 civic bodies for which elections have been held.
In elections this February to Mumbai's BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation), Asia's richest municipality, the BJP dramatically improved its position coming a very close second to the Shiv Sena with 82 seats to the Sena's 84. It narrowed that gap this week yesterday by winning a by-election to a seat left vacant by the death of a Congress corporator.
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