After the counting was over for the Belgaum city corporation it is clear that most probably Belgaum would see a Marathi Mayor as the strength of the Marathi speaking councillors is 33, while Kannada is 19 and 6 from Urdu group.
Last elections the there were 31 Marathi, 18 Kannada and 9 Urdu speaking councillors.
The reservation for the post of Mayor and Dy Mayor is not yet released and only after the same is released that the picture of the Mayor would be completely clear. Out of the said 33 Marathi group, 24 are affiliated to the MES.
Even when people would say that it is a victory for Marathi, how many stick together on the floor of the house is very important. In the past as well even with a majority there have been Kannada Mayor elected due to defection and groupism in the Marathi group.
For the post of the Mayor and Dy.Mayor there are other 6 votes which will make or break the game plan. 4 MLA’s and 2 MP’s also have the right to vote in case of election of Mayor and Dy.Mayor.
Some major highlights:
Sambhaji Patil becomes Councillor for the 6th time. It is a record for any individual for wining 6 times as Councillor and also for being a mayor for 4 times in country. He has played the role of the Kingmaker in the past as well.
42 Councillors have been elected for the first time.
Belgaum is the only Corporation where all the candidates were as Independents and no political party decided to field in their own candidate as they did in all other cities. This has been a tradition in Belgaum and same was no exception this time either.
Major Loosers: Ex Dy. mayor Dhanraj Gavli, Ex Dy. mayor Renu Killekar, Ex Mayor Manda Balekundri, Ex Mayor Prashanta Budavi , Ex Councillor Netaji Jadhav, Anita Kitwadkar, Nilima Pawshe, Azim Patwegar.
Ward 40: Anushree Dinesh Deshapande won by a margin of 5 votes against Nilima Pawase
Ward 52: Dinesh Nashipudi won by 2344 votes margin against Basavaraj Hubballi
Out of the 20 women councillors elected 16 have been elected for the first time and the other 4 have made it as councillors even earlier.
There are 373 candidates out of which 267 are males and 106 females in 56 wards