Bharatiya Janata Party which was not able to even open its account in the two previous municipal polls in Maharashtra was able to pull off a great show. Amit Shah led BJP won 9 out of 84 wards in Malegaon Municipal Corporation. Muslims constitute 78.94% of the population. The party in 2002 had won a ward in Malegaon when the first ever corporation elections were held. With 28 seats, Congress became the single largest party followed by NCP which won 20 with its ally Janata Dal winning 6, reported Indian Express.
Shiv Sena party bagged 13 seats, AIMIM 7, BJP 9 and Independent 1. While BJP emerged victorious in Panvel municipality, Congress won Bhiwandi. In Malegaon, the Bharatiya Janata Party had put up a record 27 candidates from the muslim community from a total of 55 candidates. Most of BJP’s victories were in Hindu dominated wards.
According to some Muslim candidates, the BJP could not make a mark because more state ministers and leaders did not campaign for the elections. According to the Indian Express report, there was a striking difference between the votes the party polled from the communities. 28 of Hindu candidates polled 84,242 votes and 27 Muslim candidates-8,916.
Congress won 47 of 90 seats in the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation, BJP won 19 seats, Shiv Sena won 12 and the NCP could not open its account. Moreover, BJP did well in the new Panvel Municipal Corporation winning 51 of 78 seats and leaving Peasants and Workers Party, Congress, NCP far behind.