The alliance of Congress and the Shiv Sena, emerged victorious in the Malegaon mayoral elections, defeating an alliance of Nationalist Congress Party and Janata Dal, supported by BJP. The Congress-Sena Alliance was supported by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. The Former MLA Shaikh Rasheed, who got 41 votes is the new Mayor of the Malegaon Municipal Corporation with Sakharam Ghodke as the Deputy Mayor with 41 votes.
The Corporation now consists of 28 Congress corporators and 13 Sena Corporators. The two parties had decided to form an alliance right ahead of the Mayoral election. The AIMIM chose to support the Congress-Sena alliance after securing just seven seats. The NCP-Janata Dal together polled 34 votes and now has 27 seats in the corporation.
The BJP tried to join hands with the NCP-Janata Dal but as numbers were not in favour decided to withdraw from the deputy mayor election. In a report by Indian Express, Shaikh Rasheed said, “the alliance of Congress and the Shiv Sena would work for the development of Malegaon.” He thanked AIMIM for their support the alliance during the election.
This is a win for a unified and integrated Malegaon. Despite our ideological differences, we will work for the development of this city,” he said, according to the report.
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The Malegaon Municipal Corporation was recently in limelight after BJP launched a programme to lure the minority community which is about 79 percent of the total population.The BJP failed to make any impact as none of its candidates who contested for 55 seats won. The party had also nominated 27 Muslim candidates and the highest votes a candidate polled was 884.