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Nashik Civic Elections: Six Muslims among winners

Saturday February 18, 2012 11:06:16 PM, Staff Reporter

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Nashik: 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 Maharashtra.


A senior MNS leader from Nashik while speaking to 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.








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