Maharashtra poll results show political dynasties are here to stay

  • Yogesh Joshi, Hindustan Times, Pune
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2014 19:58 IST

The outcome for the state assembly elections has thrown an interesting take on dynasty with some empires shrinking while the new ones emerging. The larger message however has been that dynasty is here to stay in Maharashtra politics with no party is exception to it.

One of the prominent and relatively new faces of dynasty Nitesh Rane won from Kankavali. Despite winning the Kankavali by a margin of 25779 votes, Nitesh had tears in his eyes as his father Narayan Rane registered a defeat, creating ripples in state politics.

Narayan Rane’s defeat from Kudal by a margin of 9000 votes came as a most striking blow to dynasty politics as he had single-handedly ruled the region for two-and-half-decades. Shiv Sena’s Vaibhav Naik defeated Rane, the campaign chief of Congress party, in a tough battle.

The second blow to dynasty came to Naik family in Navi Mumbai. Ganesh Naik, former minister and NCP nominee lost to BJP’s Manda Mhatre even as his son Sandeep registered victory. Other dynasties such as one promoted by Bhujbal also retained their control. While senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal retained his seat Yeola, winning it by margin of 46,442 votes his son Pankaj Bhujbal registered victory at Nandgaon.

One of the most prominent political families was out too. In Baramati, expectedly, former deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar retained family stronghold. Pawar registered a victory by defeating BJP candidate Balasaheb by 89,791 votes. Ajit’s uncle Sharad Pawar is Rajya Sabha MP besides being party chief while cousin Supriya Sule is Lok Sabha member.

A new dynasty gained birth at Raigad district after NCP leader Sunil Tatkare’s nephew Avdhoot won by 77 votes. In Akole of Ahmednagar district NCP leader Madhukar Pichad’s son Vaibhav won by 67696 votes defeating Shiv Sena candidate.

In Amravati, former president Pratibha Patil’s son and congress nominee Raosaheb Shekhawat lost to BJP candidate Sunil Deshmukh by a margin of around 35000 votes. In Yavatmal, State Congress unit chief Manikrao Thakare’s son Rahul was defeated from BJP nominee.

At Bhokar in Nanded district, Congress leader Ashok Chavan’s wife Ameeta won by 47,557 votes by defeating BJP’s Madhav Kinhalkar. She is the third member of Chavan family to enter into electoral politics after her husband Ashok Chavan and father in-law Shankarrao Chavan.

This was the first state election for congress without Vilasrao Deshmukh. While the party performed poorly, his son retained Latur city seat by a margin of around 49,000 votes. Amit Deshmukh defeated BJP’s Shailesh Lahoti.

Interestingly, BJP’s star campaigner Narendra Modi had condemned dynastic politics when he held several public rallies in the state. However his own party was not averse to it. At Parli, late BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pankaja won by 25,895 votes. Pankaja’s victory was made easier after Shiv Sena decided not to field candidate against her. Pankaja’s sister Pritam Khade too won Lok Sabha bypolls from Beed as the elections were necessitated due to her father’s demise.

Vijaykumar Gavit, another BJP nominee and father of party MP Heena Gavit, won from Nandurbar. From Shiv Sena, Lok Sabha MP Sriikant Shinde’s father Eknath Shinde won from Kopri-Pachpakhdi.

Launching a caustic attack on dynasty, Modi during his campaign asked voters to “banish Congress and NCP from politics”

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