Chandrashekhar Bawankule, chairman of the BJP’s Maharashtra branch, claimed on Monday that there were 259 candidates backed by his party and 40 by Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde faction in the just-held gram panchayts elections in the state Supported candidates are selected as sarpanches.
Voting on Sunday for 547 grams of panchayats spread across 16 districts in the state, a reported turnout of 76 percent.
The election was held on a non-partisan basis, and vote counting began on Monday. In addition to the election of gram panchayats, direct votes for village sarpanches positions were held.
Mr Bawankule told a news conference here that 259 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed candidates were selected as sarpanches.
The former minister further claimed that 40 nominees backed by the Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, an ally of the BJP, were also selected as sarpanches.
In all, more than 50 per cent of the newly-elected sarpanches are supporters of the Shinde-BJP alliance, he said.
“Today’s Gram panchayat results confirm Maharashtra’s confidence in the Shinde-Fadnavis government,” Mr Bawankule said.
BJP leader Devindra Fadnavis was the deputy chief minister in the Shinde-led government, which took office at the end of June.
Mr Sind and 39 other MLAs walked out of Shiv Sena in June after raising a flag of resistance led by opposition party chairman Udaf Sackre.
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