A campaign led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has worked in Latur, the district in Maharashtra that has been wrecked by five years of consecutive drought. The BJP has won the 70-member corporation in Latur, which was held by the Congress since independence.
Latur voted on Wednesday. "If the BJP is voted to power," Mr Fadnavis said recently, the party would "ensure Latur becomes drought-free".
In February, the 46-year-old Chief Minister was credited with the BJP's resounding victory in local elections in regions like Amravati and Pune. In Mumbai, the BJP was a close runner-up to the Shiv Sena in its best result ever for the vastly-rich corporation in the financial capital. In rural areas where the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have traditionally been strong the ruling party has made major inroads in local elections.