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Malegaon, Bhiwandi civic polls on April 15

Tuesday March 13, 2012 10:53:27 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: 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.








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