The Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) and Bhiwandi Municipal
Corporation (BMC) will go to polls on April 15. The civic
elections in these two Muslim dominated towns in Maharashtra will
be held along with Prabhani, Chandrapur and Latur, state election
commission announced today.
The counting of the votes will be
done the next day on April 16.
The last date for filing the
nomination papers has been set as March 28. The scrutiny of the
nomination papers will be done on March 29 and the unwilling
candidates would be able to withdraw by March 30, according to the
information received from the election commission.
The elections in Malegaon is the
first after its city limit is extended taking the total number of
seats in the Municipal Corporation from 72 to 80. The
corporation's election records show
a total of 3, 67, 381 registered voters who would
be able to cast their votes on April 15.
Malegaon and Bhiwandi, both having a
vast majority of Muslim population are known as textile centres
but lagging immensely in basic amenities and infrastructure.
However, at both the places bitter political fights are seen
during the elections.
The announcement declaring the poll
schedule has surprised the political parties as the terms of all
the above corporations are ending in May and they were
expecting the polls to be held sometimes in May first week.