The Indian National Congress looks set to retain the Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), and has now won 37 seats and is leading in another 29.
The counting of votes has begun and according to early trends, the Congress is leading in 21 of the 81 seats while the BJP and the Shiv Sena are leading in two seats each.
The polling for the 81 seats of the election was held on Wednesday.
The opposition led by the main rivals, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena, was virtually wiped out.
In 2012, the Congress bagged 41 seats, Shiv Sena 14, AIMIM and NCP 10 each, BJP two while independents and others notched three seats.
The 81-member civic body is now controlled by the Congress.
The fact that former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan is spearheading his party in the elections shows the importance attached to Nanded municipal corporation. At Nanded, the Congress has won at least 12 seats so far while the BJP has won just one seat.
The Congress not only retained the civic body but also improved its tally compared to 2012 when it secured 41 seats, proving to be a morale-booster for the party reeling under a saffron onslaught. This had anxious the Congress.
For the Congress, winning Nanded is a matter of prestige so much so that Ashok Chavan has parked himself in the constituency to ensure a win for the party.
He said the people of Nanded had "reposed full faith" in the developmental agenda of the Congress and deserved full credit for the party's victory. Nanded Municipal Corporation has 3.96 lakh registered voters of whom 60 per cent turned out to vote on Wednesday.
Congress that is now ruling the civic body is seeking to retain it while the BJP, that has been thumping all other parties in most local body polls is seeking to seize power in Nanded. Devendra Fadnavis has led the BJP's high pitched battle for the civic body election.