The newly elected 122-member Nashik Civic Body
results of which were announced Friday will have six Muslims as corporators.
This is the first time in the last 20 years history of the civic
body which runs Nashik - the fastest growing city in Maharashtra
that it has elected six Muslims.
While Maharashtra Navnirman Sena
which emerged as the single largest party in the elections has
sent three Muslims - Gulzar Konkani, Suhail Baig and Shaikh Saleem,
two Muslims Ms Memon Samina and Sufiyan Ibrahim have won the
elections on the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) tickets. The
sixth Muslim corporator Ms Shabana Pathan is an independent.
The earlier body had three Muslim
corporators. Before that, maximum number of Muslims elected to the
corporation was five.
As per the final results announced
Friday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)
bagged a total of 40 seats in the 122-memebr body. The Shiv Sena
which was ruling the important civic body in North Maharashtra
since last two terms could win just 19 seats.
The Congress and NCP which fought
the elections jointly won 15 and 20 seats respectively, whereas Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)
could win just 13 seats.
Having emerged as the single largest party in any municipality for
the first time since it was formed after Raj Thackeray rebelled
against Shiv-Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, MNS holds the key to the
Nashik Municipal Corporation. Efforts are on by the Maharashtra
Navnirman Sena (MNS) leaders to garner support from either BJP or
NCP so as to come to power to one of the wealthiest civic body in
A senior MNS leader from Nashik
while speaking to ummid.com on phone said that Raj Thackeray will
be visiting the city Sunday to chalk-out the future strategy and
also assess the possibility of an alliance with other parties.
Having won 40 seats, MNS would need
the support of 21 more members if it wants to bag power.