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June 19, 2000
NCP, BJP gain in Maharashtra council polls
Swati Kulkarni in Bombay
A tacit understanding between the Nationalist Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the elections to nine legislative council seats has hit their respective allies, the Congress and the Shiv Sena, hard.
The NCP bagged two seats, the Congress one, BJP two, independents two and Shiv Sena one. Sources said independent candidate Sanjivani Raykar (Bombay teachers' constituency) was leading.
The Congress lost two seats and managed to win one -- unopposed. The Congress had five seats (Nasik, Osmanabad-Latur-Beed, Parbhani, Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli and Amravati local authorities) last time. This time it had to part with the Nasik seat to the NCP and Parbhani to an NCP-backed independent.
The NCP, in addition to the two seats it won, also has the support of Ramprasad Bordikar, the independent who won from Parbhani.
The BJP managed to retain the Konkan graduates seat with Ashok Modak being elected. In addition it wrested the Amravati local authorities seat from the Congress with Jagdish Gupta getting elected.
The Shiv Sena, which contested two seats, Nasik local authorities and Bombay graduates, managed to retain the latter. But veteran Sena politician Pramod Navalkar had to wage a tough battle with the NCP's Narendra Verma before winning.
The official results are as follows:
Nasik (local authorities): Pingle Devidas of the NCP polled 166 votes and defeated his nearest Sena rival Vasant Gite by 20 votes.
Osmanabad-Latur-Beed (local authorities): Dilip Deshmukh of the Congress and younger brother of Chief Minister Vilas Deshmukh was elected unopposed.
Parbhani (local authorities): Ramprasad Bordikar, independent backed by NCP, polled 181 votes and defeated BJP-backed independent candidate Brijlal Khurana by 105 votes.
Amravati (local authorities): BJP-backed independent candidate Jagdish Gupta, who polled 187 votes, defeated Anwar Bhai of the Congress by 17 votes.
Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli (local authorities): Ramdas Jalas of the NCP defeated BJP-backed independent Vijay Raut by 278 votes. Jalas polled 355 votes.
Bombay (teachers): BJP-supported independent Sanjivani Raykar leading at the end of the second round of counting.
Nasik (teachers): Independent candidate Nanasaheb Borste elected.
Bombay (graduates): Sena's Pramod Navalkar managed to win the seat for the third time defeating NCP rival Narendra Verma by 2,900 votes. Navalkar polled 8,952 votes, while Verma polled 6,052 votes.
Konkan (graduates): BJP's Ashok Modak retained his seat by defeating NCP's Harishchandra Chavan by a thumping margin of 5,932 votes. Modak polled 9,224 votes while Chavan polled 3,292 votes.
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