National Congress party had emerged as the single-largest party in the MMC polls in 2012.
Nashik: For the first time, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be contesting all 84 seats of the Muslim-dominated Malegaon municipal corporation (MMC), which goes to polls on May 24.
The counting will be held on May 26. BJP district president Dada Jadhav said that other than drinking water and infrastructure, the main issue is problems faced by the power loom owners and workers.
“The CM recently held a meeting to solve the issues of power looms in Malegaon and Bhiwandi, and soon a delegation would discuss the issue with the Central Government,” he said.
When asked how the BJP would win in Muslim areas, Jadhav said that they had launched several schemes of floated by the centre such as the Amrut pipeline yojana, Prime Minister’s Awas (housing) Yojana among others.
“Also the much-needed Dhule-Indore railway line. We have 250 Muslim aspirants for 50 seats in Muslim dominated areas, which shows the popularity of BJP among Muslims,” Mr Jadhav said.
Meanwhile, a total of 780 nominations were filed for 84 seats in the MMC on the last day of filing on Saturday.
On Saturday alone 444 nominations were filed. The number of registered voters in 2017 is 3,91,320 persons. The 84 seats have been clubbed into 21 municipal wards while voting will be held at 595 centres.
Malegaon has a paucity of drinking water, roads, drainages and basic infrastructure.
The Janata Dal, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have dominated the MMC in the past.
The MIM too is interested in winning more seats this year. The Congress, NCP and MIM are focusing on the eastern part of the city, while the Sena and BJP fight it out on the western side.