The BJP on Thursday won the Dhule, Nandurbar local body by-polls in Maharashtra. BJP candidate - Amrish Patel won with a whopping 332 votes against MVA's Abhijit Patil, who could manage to bag only 98 votes. Amrishbhai Patel left Congress last year and in this year's bypolls he was in a direct fight against Congress' Abhijit Patil.
The elections for the six legislative Council seats from the three graduates’ constituencies (Aurangabad, Pune and Nagpur), two from teachers’ constituencies (Pune and Amravati), and one from the local bodies’ constituency in Dhule-Nandurbar were held on December 1.
Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) – the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress – contested the polls together against the BJP.
The other five seats witnessed a contest between Sangram Deshmukh (BJP) and Arun Lad (NCP) in the Pune Division Graduates seat, Sandeep Joshi (BJP) and Abhijeet Vanjari (Congress) in Nagpur Division Graduates' seat, Shirish Boralkar (BJP and Satish Chavan (NCP) in Aurangabad Division Graduates' seat, Nitin Dhande (BJP) and Shrikant Deshpande (Shiv Sena) in Amravati Division Teachers' constituency, Jayant Asgaonkar (Congress) and Jitendra Pawar (BJP) in the Pune Division Graduates' seat.