Mumbai: Surmounting anti-incumbency factor and stiff challenge from the MNS, Shiv Sena-BJP alliance on Friday retained the country's richest corporation BMC but Raj Thackeray's party played spoilsport for the saffron alliance in Nashik where it emerged as the single largest party unseating it.

As results were out in all the 10 municipal corporations that went to poll on Thursday, the Sena-BJP combine was set to retain neighbouring Thane with the help of independents, while future looked uncertain for it in Ulhasnagar that threw up a hung house though Sena-BJP-RPI alliance emerged as the largest bloc, but substantially short of a majority.

In Nagpur, the Sena-BJP combine has emerged as the largest bloc with 68 seats but still five short of a simple majority. The Congress has won 41 seats and NCP 6, well behind the saffron alliance.

In Pune, despite the Congress and NCP contesting separately, the two together secured 79 seats in the 152- member corporation, two more than required for majority. While NCP led the tally with 51 seats, Congress got 28. The BJP secured 26 seats and Shiv Sena 15. The MNS secured 29 seats.

The state's ruling Congress-NCP combine continued its hold on Solapur, Amravati and Pimpri Chinchwad.

The 122-member Nashik Corporation is all set to have a hung House with no party or combine near the 62 seats required for a majority. While the MNS has pocketed the largest number of 40 seats, The Congress-NCP combine has got 36 and Sena-BJP-RPI alliance 35.

It will be interesting to see if MNS supports any of the two major blocs in securing a majority or insists on having their backing for a majority of its own. The role of Independents and others who have bagged 11 seats will be crucial.

The biggest triumph for the saffron alliance came in the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which it has controlled since 1996, where it frustrated state's ruling Congress-NCP combine's efforts to wrest power.

The victory in the 227-member BMC, whose budget of 21,000 crore far exceeds that of many states, came despite Congress forging an alliance with NCP for the first time for the civic body election, in order to avoid a split in secular votes. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had assiduously pursued an alliance with his party's fractious ally which at one stage threatened to walk out of alliance talks.

Though the magic figure of 114 eluded the saffron alliance--Shiv Sena 75 and BJP 32-- in the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, by just seven seats, it would hardly find it difficult to secure a majority with the help of independents and smaller parties which have secured 28 seats.

While the Congress secured 50 seats, NCP finished with just 14.

Raj Thackeray's MNS did remarkably well with 28 seats, up 21 seats it got in 2007.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan called the result as "surprising" and conceded defeat.

"The result is surprising...unexpected. We tried to consolidate secular votes but could not meet with desired outcome," Chavan told reporters.

In 2007 polls, Shiv Sena had won 84 seats and BJP 28, but obtained a majority with the help of four independents, taking their tally to 116.

Fighting separately, Congress had won 75 seats and NCP 14. Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) won 7 seats and Samajwadi Party 7.