The Nationalist Congress Party-led by Sharad Pawar has emerged as the strongest party in the Gondia ZP polls after it won 20 seats, followed by the Congress, that won 16.

In Gondia, NCP has gained seven and the Congress has won six seats this time. In 2010, NCP had won 13 seats out of total 53, whereas the Congress had 10 members.

The BJP numbers have declined from 27 to 17 seats, thereby losing out on 10 seats. Shiv Sena could not win even a single seat in Gondia ZP elections. In 2010 polls, Sena had won one seat.

In the Bhandara ZP polls, the Congress won the maximum seats (19) out of a total 52 seats. In 2010, Congress had won 11 seats, thereby a gain of eight seats in the recently held elections. The NCP won 15 seats. In 2010, NCP had five members in Bhandara ZP.

The BJP lost 12 seats this time as compared to the previous  2010 polls. Five years back, it had 25 members but now it could manage only 13. The Shiv Sena, that had two members in 2010, lost one seat this time.

The Opposition took the results as an opportunity to take potshots at the ruling alliance and said that the lack of any firm stand by the BJP-led state government on the issue of farmers' suicides is responsible for its lacklustre performance in the ZP polls.

“We have been continuously demanding that government waive farm loans, but the government is working against farmers. The unrest against the ruling BJP is reflected in Bhandara and Gondia and this is only the start of BJP's decline," state Congress president Ashok Chavan said.

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