Maharashtra Panchayat polls result LIVE: Maha Vikas Aghadi claims huge win

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Maharashtra Gram Panchayat election result 2021: About 1.25 lakh candidates on Monday emerged victorious in the Gram Panchayat elections held in Maharashtra last week, the outcome which the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) claimed a "huge win" while the opposition BJP said it had come out stronger.

The counting of votes began at 9 am today. The Maharashtra State Election Commission conducted Gram Panchayat elections for 14,000 gram panchayats in 34 of the total 36 districts in the state. There are 27,920 gram panchayats in Maharashtra. Though the village panchayat elections are not fought on party symbols, panels are fielded by political parties or local leaders. 

Earlier in the day, stones were pelted at BJP workers who were part of a rally attended by Union Minister Debasree Chaudhuri, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and Suvendu Adhikari in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kicked off the Trinamool Congress's campaign for the assembly elections on Monday, announcing that she will contest the polls from Nandigram -- a political gambit aimed at the BJP's Suvendu Adhikari who won the seat in 2016 as a TMC candidate, while also retroceding to the land movement that catapulted her to power.

On the business front, Piramal group emerged the preferred bidder for resolution of the troubled Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL). The committee of creditors (CoC) of the company are likely to hold a meeting today to discuss on who gets the money recovered from frauds that happened at DHFL.

Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.

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Maha Vikas Aghadi claims huge win in Maharashtra Gram Panchayat polls

About 1.25 lakh candidates on Monday emerged victorious in the Gram Panchayat elections held in Maharashtra last week, the outcome which the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) claimed a "huge win" while the opposition BJP said it had come out stronger.
 
Though the village panchayat elections are not fought on party symbols, panels are fielded by political parties or local leaders. Leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) claimed that the MVA comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress has scored a big win in the polls, counting for which was held on Monday.
 
On the other hand, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP has emerged as the single largest party in these elections. Polling for elections to 12,711 gram panchayats was held in 34 of the total 36 districts on January 15. Polling was held for 1,25,709 seats, for which 2,14,880 candidates were in the fray.

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According to police sources, as the rally, led by state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and senior leader Suvendu Adhikari, proceeded toward Charu Market, miscreants threw bricks and stones at the entourage, injuring some of the saffron party activists.
 
Infuriated over the attack, BJP workers chased the miscreants, who by then had fled to nearby bylanes. The saffron camp activists then ransacked a few motorcycles and shops in the area. A huge police contingent was rushed to the spot to control the incensed activists. State minister Aroop Biswas has also reached the troubled area to take stock of the situation.

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The bench also held that prima facie some reportage by Republic TV and Times Now in the aftermath of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput were "contemptuous".
 
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Previously, the Sena has contested different elections in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir in its ambition to command influence nationally.
 
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Addressing a rally here, Banerjee said she is not worried about those jumping to other parties as when TMC was formed none of them were there, in a reference to the party leaders, including Adhikari, who have joined the BJP.
 
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