Nanded civic polls Live Updates: Voting for crucial Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation has begun. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP is taking on Congress and Shiv Sena. Fadnavis had claimed that voting for the Shiv Sena, ruling ally of the BJP in Centre and state governments, would mean bringing the Congress to power according to reports. The Chief Minister had asserted that entire Maharashtra was standing behind the BJP. On the other hand, Uddhav Thackeray had dared the BJP to resign from the Maharashtra government and face mid term polls. Congress is leaving no stone unturned as sitting MP and party stalwart Ashok Chavan has parked himself in the constituency to ensure that his party retains the civic body. It has been learnt that Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used in a single ward, the State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM) had said. Election Commissioner J S Saharia said VVPAT machines attached to electronic voting machines would be used in ward number 2 on pilot basis. On October 12, counting of votes in this ward will be done twice — through EVMs as well as VVPAT machines, the report says.
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10:10 AM: The corporation has 3.96 lakh registered voters.
10:04 AM: Counting will be held on October 12 and results will be declared on the same day. There are 578 candidates in the fray.
10:01 am: There are 81 seats across 20 civic wards of the NWMC. Nineteen wards are represented by four members each, while one ward has five representatives.
9:57 am: Nanded is the home-turf of Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan. The Congress, with 41 members, controls the outgoing civic body.
9:53 AM: On October 12, counting of votes in this ward will be done twice — through EVMs as well as VVPAT machines, he said. Ward number 2 was selected for VVPAT use through a draw of lottery, he said.
9:48 AM: The Supreme Court in 2013 had directed the Election Commission of India to introduce VVPAT machines — which provide feedback to the voter — in a phased manner.
9:43 AM: The SECM had placed order for 400 VVPAT machines from the Electronic Corporation of India (ECI), but the company could not provide so many machines in time, so it was decided to use available 70 machines on pilot basis at a single ward in Nanded polls.
9:38 am: The AAP, the main opposition party in Punjab with 20 seats in the House, is also looking to strengthen its presence in the state. Meanwhile, the Election Commission today said it has allowed the use of alternative identity cards for the by-poll.
9:34 am: A spokesperson of the office of the chief electoral officer, Punjab, said those not having voter IDs can vote using documents such as Aadhaar card, passport, driving licence or service ID cards issued by the central and state governments or public sector undertakings.
9:32 am: Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used in a single ward, the State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM) had said. Election Commissioner J S
9:30 am: Saharia said VVPAT machines attached to electronic voting machines would be used in ward number 2 on pilot basis. On October 12, counting of votes in this ward will be done twice — through EVMs as well as VVPAT machines, the report says.
9:25 AM: He said various civic works and the condition of roads in Nanded would have been better had the funds been allotted to “right people” and not “laundered”.
9:20 AM: The Nanded civic polls is viewed as a litmus test for former chief minister and current state Congress unit president Ashok Chavan, whose father late Shankarrao Chavan, a former defence minister, had nurtured the constituency over years.
9:15 AM: WATCH- Here is what Congress President Rahul Gandhi said in Nanded
9:10 AM: The counting of votes will be done on October 12 and results will be declared on the same day.A total of 578 candidates are in the poll fray.
9:05 AM: CM Devendra Fadnvais said the BJP came to power in 18 states because of “good governance” under the leadership of the prime minister.
9:00 AM: The 81-member civic body is currently controlled by the Congress. In the 2012 polls, the Congress had won 41 seats, Sena 14, BJP 2, NCP 10, MIM 11, Others (2), Independent 1.
8:55 AM: Out of 81 seats, 41 seats are reserved for women candidates, 15 seats for SC candidates, 2 for ST and 22 seats for Backward Class communities.
8:45 AM: WATCH- Here’s what Congress MP Ashok Chavan has to say about Nanded civic polls
8:35 AM: He recalled that Sena had joined hands with the Congress against the BJP when the party was voted to power in Aurangabad municipal corporation polls. He said Sena had sided with the Congress in Jalna, Parbhani and Hingoli civic bodies as well.
8:30 AM: Attacking the Sena, which has been firing salvos at Modi and the BJP-led NDA governments at Centre and state despite being an alliance partner, the chief minister said the Thackeray-led party had also helped the Congress in securing a victory in Nanded Zilla Parishad (ZP) polls.
8:25 AM: “Sena is not fighting in Nanded to win but to ensure that the BJP loses the election. Voting for them (Sena) means giving direct votes to the Congress. The Sena is in the poll fray only on the directions of the Congress,” the CM said.
8:20 am: Addressing a public rally October 9, Fadnavis also didn’t spare sitting MP and Congress stalwart Ashok Chavan, who has parked himself in the constituency to ensure that his party retains the civic body.
8:05 AM: Fadnavis’ attack on the Sena came after Thackeray dared the BJP to “resign” from the Maharashtra government and face mid term polls. Thackeray had also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his visit to Gujarat, which he dubbed a “poll campaign”.
7:50 am: “Entire Maharashtra is standing behind the BJP today. In the recent elections to 16 municipal corporations, the BJP came to power in 13. There is no trace left of the Congress. As far as the Sena is concerned, it is not even in the race here. So I do not feel the need to say anything much about them,” Fadnavis told the gathering.
7:25 AM: Voting for the Shiv Sena in the upcoming Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation polls would mean bringing the Congress to power, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said while launching a vicious attack on the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
7:20 AM: He said Sena, the ruling ally of the BJP in Centre and state governments, is not even in reckoning for the civic polls, scheduled on October 11.