[Union Minister Subhash Bhamre in a rally for BJP candidates in Malegaon. BJP has fielded 27 Muslims in the 2017 Malegaon MMC Election on Friday May 19, 2017]
Malegaon: Counting of votes to elect the new body of 84-member Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) also called as Malegaon Mahanagar Plaika is scheduled to begin today i.e. Friday May 26, 2017 at 10:00 am, an election officer said. The powerloom city in Nashik district went to polls on Wednesday, recording 59.52 per cent voter turnout.
Along with Malegaon, Bhiwandi-Nizampur and Panvel municipal corporations also went to the poll on Wednesday May 24. Counting of votes in all the three civic bodies will start at 10:00 am today, the election officer added.
In Malegaon, the main parties in the fray are the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - Janata Dal (S) alliance, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Shiv Sena, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and a large number of independents.
Malegaon has a total of 21 wards represented each by 04 candidates. The current mayor is Ibrahim Seth belonging to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
The Congress had emerged as the single largest partyy winning 26 seats in the 2012 elections. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won 08 seats, Teesra Mahaz 19, Shiv Sena 11, Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) NONE, MNS 02 and others including independets were 11.
Teesra Mahaz led by former MLA Mufti Ismael later joined the NCP. But, the NCP was split and a faction led by former Mayor Abdul Malik Yunus Isa joined the AIMIM.