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As predicted by the exit polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), like a tidal wave swept the polls in western Maharashtra, emerging as the single-largest party in the four municipal corporations of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik and Solapur.Except the Solapur Municipal Corporation, where it narrowly missed total majority, the BJP scored landslide victories in the remaining three municipal corporations.The BJP also emerged victorious in all three civic bodies in the Vidarbha region, including the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, and also emerged as the largest party in zila parishad bodies in many districts of the region.The victory in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad effortlessly supplanted the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), definitively breaking the Pawar clan’s power bases in the district and ending its decade-long reign in the cash-rich Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).A last-minute pact between the Congress and the NCP in the battle for PMC came a cropper, as the BJP juggernaut notched a record-best performance winning 98 of the 162 seats. In contrast, the NCP was routed with 40 seats. The Congress and the Sena secured 11 and 10 seats respectively.The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), managed just two seats.Winning strategyIn the cash-rich PCMC, where the voting figure touched a historic high of 67%, the saffron party’s strategy of awarding tickets to heavyweight defectors from opposing parties, especially the NCP, paid-off as the BJP secured an emphatic majority, winning 78 of the 128 seats.The NCP, after consecutive landslides in the PCMC in 2007 and 2012, was reduced to 35 seats from its previous tally of 83. The Congress failed to open its account, while the Shiv Sena and the MNS got nine and one.Likewise, the BJP ousted the beleaguered Congress from its traditional citadel in the Solapur Municipal Corporation (SMC), but narrowly missed absolute majority here. It secured 49 of the 102 seats with Shiv Sena, emerging second with 21 seats.Bitter infightingThe decimation of Congress in Nagpur and neighbouring Municipal Corporations and Zila Parishads could see the emergence of a new and young leadership in the party. However, it will be up against a powerful BJP which had made Nagpur and the Vidarbha area as its bastion since 2014.In Nagpur, the party won 108 out of total 151 seats, and the main Opposition, the Congress, was limited to 29 seats. Vikas Thakre, Nagpur district president of the Congress, was defeated by the BJP’s Dilip Dive from ward number 37 by 800 votes.The Bahujan Samaj Party won 10 seats, down from 12 seats it had won last time. The Shiv Sena secured two seats, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was limited to just one seat.The BJP carried out an organised campaign in Nagpur, with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari involved in the selection of candidates and campaigning.The NMC election had become a prestigious election for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as he hails from Nagpur. Mr. Fadnavis addressed a meetings in all six Assembly segments of the city and made sure that all six MLAs from Nagpur, MLCs and even Rajya Sabha MPs, actively participated in the campaign.The party’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) headquarter is also based in the city. The BJP registered a majority despite denial of tickets to relatives of senior RSS functionaries and Bajrang Dal leaders.In Amravati, the BJP won 45 out of 87 seats in the civic body. The ruling Congress was restricted to 15 seats and the Shiv Sena won only seven seats. The BJP also managed to retain Akola Municipal Corporation by winning 48 out of 80 seats. The Congress won 13 seats, the Shiv Sena eight seats, and the NCP won five seats in the civic body.Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, which was expected to emerge as a kingmaker in Akola, secured only 3 seats.The BJP emerged as a winner in Chandrapur and Wardha zila parishads, and as the single largest party in Buldhana and Gadchiroli zila parishads. The Congress won in the Amaravati zila parishad polls, and the Shiv Sena emerged as the single largest party in Yavatmal zila parishad.
Japan heaped two golds in a day at 48kg and 63kg women’s freestyle wrestling at London Olympics on Wednesday. The 63kg legend Kaori Icho beat Chinese Jing Ruixue in the final to win her third straight Olympic title. Mongolia’s Soronzonbold Battsetseg and Russia’s Lubov Volosova shared the bronze medal, Xinhua reported.The two-time Olympic champion Icho met no challenge from Jing, who never won over Icho before and cruised past the game 3-0, 2-0, her latest victory of a 72-match winning streak. She now owns the only three Olympic golds ever awarded at 63kg.”In the final, I was able to tackle both legs of my opponent. I am happy I could do that because I have practiced this technique,” said Icho.”There were things I could not do in the final, but I’m happy to achieve my goal,” she added.Earlier, another powerhouse Hitomi Obara of Japan won her first Olympic gold medal in women’s 48kg freestyle by rallying to beat Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan 0-4, 1-0, 2-0.China’s Zhao Shasha lost in the preliminaries to US wrestler Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun, who gave the US its first wrestling medal at the London Games. Another bronze went to Carol Huynh of Canada.
After leading India to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series against England, skipper Virat Kohli today vaulted to a career-best third spot in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen.The 28-year-old Kohli, who scored 62 and 6 not out to help India crush England by 8 wickets in the third Test against England at Mohali, moved to 833 points, within 14 points of second-ranked England’s Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. (England’s fans bowled over by Virat Kohli)Starting the series in 15th position, Kohli has risen at a fast pace scoring 405 runs in the three Tests against England, according to an ICC release.Kohli, who is top-ranked in Twenty20 internationals and second in One-Day Internationals, looks determined to top the table in Tests, the only format in which he has never been top-ranked.The remaining two Tests provide more opportunity to Kohli, who had led India to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.England’s Jonny Bairstow has also reached a career best ranking of 9th – a leap of three places with knocks of 89 and 15 while Australia opener Usman Khawaja has moved up nine places to 19th after a match-winning knock of 145 that helped Australia win the day-night final Test against South Africa in Adelaide by seven wickets. (What happens when Virat Kohli walks out to bat in an Indian stadium?)For South Africa, Faf du Plessis’s innings of 118 not out and 12 have helped him move up eight positions to 23rd rank while opener Stephen Cook has moved up 30 places to a career best 44th position after scoring 40 and 104 in Adelaide.advertisementNew Zealander Ross Taylor has moved up four places to take the 18th slot after scores of 37 and 102 not out in New Zealand’s 138 run victory over Pakistan in Hamilton.In the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, India’s Mohammad Shami has moved up two places to a career-best 19th position in the list led by his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin.Ashwin’s spin partner Ravindra Jadeja occupies the 7th spot. (Indian fans need to show more respect to their cricket stars)Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved into the top five for the first time in his career after taking six wickets in Adelaide. He has moved up four places to take fifth position.Meanwhile, in the list of all-rounders, Jadeja has gained two slots to reach a career-best fourth slot after scoring a crucial 90 in the second innings in Mohali. (Virat Kohli lauds lower order contributions after Mohali win)Ashwin has consolidated his position at the top with 493 points, a tally not reached by anyone since retired South Africa player Jacques Kallis in 2008.