Ummid Assistant

Exam time: Dial a helpline to overcome stress

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Politics

High voltage Maharashtra municipal poll campaign ends

Tuesday February 14, 2012 01:47:06 PM, IANS

Related Articles

'Communal forces get monetary support from Mumbai Civic body'

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Sunday alleged that with the money pumped in from the Mumbai Civic Body, people belonging to RSS, Shiv Sena and BJP are  »

Sena-BJP-RPI 'Grand Alliance' ready for Mumbai civic polls

Congress, NCP ally to dislodge saffron combine from BMC

Raj Thackeray slams Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP

Mumbai: The curtains came down Tuesday on one of the most brutal poll campaigns in recent times by all major political parties - for Thursday's elections to the 10 municipal corporations of Maharashtra.

The no-holds-barred campaign spared neither the parties nor their respective allies, both in the ruling and opposition camps.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan led the Congress brigade in attacking the opposition in an attempt to bag a majority in the 10 civic bodies. He was lent support by state party chief Manikrao Thakre and ministers like Narayan Rane, besides parliamentarians Sanjay Nirupam and Gurudas Kamat and others.

The campaign also saw an ageing Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray shuffling into the campaign ring to boost his party's fortunes - he addressed two rallies, one each in Mumbai and Thane.

Similarly, top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) like state unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar and leaders of opposition in the legislature Eknath Khadse (assembly) and Vinod Tawde (council) engaged in shooting verbal darts at the Congress, its ally the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and at times even the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena of Raj Thackeray.

Not to be outdone, the NCP saw its chief and union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar making a few appearances, and his nephew and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister R.R. Patil and other top leaders strongly campaigning to woo the voters.

Given the below-the-belt levels and direct targeting of leaders, Sharad Pawar, Thakre and Chief Minister Chavan appealed to their flock to maintain 'restraint' during the campaign - but their calls mostly fell on deaf ears.

Rane spoke of disrobing ('vastraharan') his bęte-noire the Shiv Sena and the NCP. He alleged that "NCP is a party of goons" at a rally in Pune, and claimed that Shiv Sena would be "wiped out" after the civic elections.

Another 'civil' war that rivetted the electorate concerned the Thackeray trio - Bal Thackeray, his son Uddhav and estranged nephew Raj Thackeray.

The two senior Thackerays never missed any opportunity to hit out at the younger Raj, who is making efforts to improve the MNS' tally and, despite a handful of seats, emerge as a 'kingmaker' after the election results. It's a possibility that has alarmed all the other four major parties in the fray - Congress, NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena.

The stage is set for the Thursday's elections to 1,244 seats, including 624 for women, in Mumbai, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Nashik, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur municipal corporations that together have an electorate of 3.5 crore.







Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS



More Headlines

Fights for Rights: Ismail Yusuf College and Indu Mill Compound

Despite diktats, Srinagar youths keep tryst with St Valentine

Moscow to turn government offices into hotels

Kerala mulls tax concession on ayurveda medicines

Malaysia’s Bank Islam to buy stakes in Bank Muamalat Indonesia: Report

SIT report to activists: Court reserves order till Feb 15

Iran denies role in Israel embassy car explosion

Mamata has betrayed Muslims on Urdu: Rights group

Two tonnes of fake cosmetics seized in UAE in 2011

Man held over bomb threat to Amsterdam airport

7-hour sleep helps high school students do better

India, Pakistan agree to dismantle trade barriers

Explosion in Israel embassy car, four injured





Top Stories

First for Pakistan, PM indicted for contempt

In a first for any prime minister in Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani was Monday indicted by the Supreme Court in a contempt of court case for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.  »

PM Gilani has committed contempt, rules court

Pakistan's apex court issues Gilani contempt notice


  Most Read

Explosion in Israel embassy car, four injured

A car belonging to the Israeli embassy was gutted after an explosion Monday afternoon in a high-security zone in the Indian  »

Iran behind attack on Israeli missions: Netanyahu

Mamata has betrayed Muslims on Urdu: Rights group

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has betrayed the Muslims by not keeping her election promise of introducing Urdu as the second official language in the entire state, an official of a rights group said Monday  »


  News Pick

Possibility of uniform lunar calendar - Scholars discuss in Makkah

An international conference aimed at ending differences on lunar calculations and unite the Muslims in observing obligatory rituals of fasting and Haj as well as Eid festivals is under way  »

'Communal forces get monetary support from Mumbai Civic body'

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Sunday alleged that with the money pumped in from the Mumbai Civic Body, people belonging to RSS, Shiv Sena and BJP are  »

NIA arrests Samjhauta Express bomb planter

In a significant breakthrough in the Samjhauta Express blast case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested late Sunday night Kamal Chauhan, said to  »


Picture of the Day

New Delhi,27 Jan 2012-IGNOU Vice-Chancellor M Aslam receiving the "Best teaching practices Award" from noted film director Prakash Jha at the India Today Aspire education summit 2012,in New Delhi on Friday. Also in picture India Today Group's Rekha Puri.

(Photo: IANS/Amlan Paliwal)



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.