- Counting of votes on for elections to Mumbai civic body (BMC)
- Shiv Sena ahead of BJP in counting for BMC elections by just 3 seats
- 55% voted in BMC elections, the highest voter turnout in 25 years
Here are the 10 developments in this big story:
"It is an unprecedented victory, I thank the people of Maharashtra. This is a vote for transparency," said Mr Fadnavis at the Mumbai BJP's office in Dadar East. He credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership for the party's performance. The PM in a tweet later said, "Thank the people of Maharashtra for reposing faith in BJP. I congratulate the entire team of BJP Maharashtra and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for working tirelessly among people."
"Our party is number 1 in Mumbai," said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Shiv Sena is set to be the single largest party by a whisker but will fall short of majority at 114 seats in the 227-seat BMC.
It is the BJP's best ever showing in the BMC elections. It had won 31 seats five years ago. The Congress, which was second in the last election with 52 seats, will settle for only 31. Sharad Pawar's NCP has won seven, Raj Thackeray's MNS six.
While the Sena has ruled out taking the BJP's support and its chief Uddhav Thackeray maintained today the mayor will be from his party, Mr Fadnavis said the BJP's core committee would decide "what we need to do in Mumbai," adding, "we will respect the people's aspirations."
"We are not foes," the chief minister said when asked about Mr Thackeray's unbridled attacks on him and his party after he broke ties with the BJP ahead of the civic polls.
This year's BMC election was seen as a prestige battle for both Mr Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray, who has threatened to withdraw from the central and state governments led by the BJP after the civic polls.
Mr Thackeray called off the alliance after the two parties failed to agree on seats sharing for the BMC elections. The Sena has been a bitter ally ever since it lost political space with the BJP dominating the last national and assembly elections to redefine itself as the senior partner in the alliance after years of playing junior.
The BJP has wrested Pune today from the NCP and is ahead in Pune, Nashik, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Akola, Amarawati, Nagpur, Solapur and Ulhasnagar. The Shiv Sena is ahead in Mumbai and its suburb Thane.
In the first round of civic elections held late last year and early this year, the BJP was the major gainer, making significant inroads in the Congress and NCP's traditional strongholds in rural Maharashtra.
The BMC, Asia's richest civic body, has an annual budget of Rs 37,000 crore, more than that of some states.