Mumbai: Since Maharashtra implemented 50 percent reservation in the local bodies in March, 2011, as many as 746 women have been elected as municipal councilors in 166 municipal councils where NCP had fielded its candidates.

NCP spokesman Madan Bafna said out of the 746 women, 41 have been elected as municipal Council Presidents and six Vice Presidents.

In all, NCP has 57 municipal council presidents and 64 deputy vice presidents. Elections were held in total 195 municipal councils last month and NCP won a total of 1,143 seats.

State Unit chief Madhukar Pichad felicitated the newly elected Municipal Council Presidents and Vice Presidents at the party office here this afternoon.

He said seat sharing talks with the Congress for municipal corporation polls scheduled next month are in progress.

Meanwhile, Mumbai unit president Narendra Verma down played the letter written by senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat to his party leadership against alliance with NCP.

"Our alliance talks are still on. We don't want to react to what their leaders say on their own party forum. However, we are still firm on our demand for 65 seats," he said.

Bafna said apart from the 57 Council presidents, five independent Council Presidents have won with support of NCP and five others have won the Vice President's post with the help of NCP.

He said Congress has 52 municipal Council Presidents and 42 Deputy Vice Presidents. Shiv Sena has eight municipal Council Presidents and ten Vice Presidents and BJP ten each.

(Agencies)