The rural voters in Pune district , which has witnessed political domination of the Sharad Pawar family for decades, expectedly favoured the Congress-NCP alliance which won 11 out of the total 21 assembly seats while the saffron camp captured four out of the eight city segments, showing an upper hand among urbanites.
The NCP which has a strong base in Pune rural---which includes the home turf of Baramati for the Pawars---claimed the larger share of the alliance seats with a tally of seven in the district out of which just one came from the city assembly segment of Vadgaon-Sheri.
Among the top performers for NCP were two of its ministers including Ajit Pawar, nephew of the NCP president retained the Baramati seat for the fifth time with a margin of over one lakh votes.
His performance was matched by another NCP minister in the district Dilip Valse Patil, who held finance portfolio, who too made it to the state assembly winning the prestigious Ambegaon seat for the fifth consecutive term, defeating Kalpana Adhalrao Patil, wife of the sitting Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil.
One more minister whose fate was decided in the district was Harshawardhan Patil of Congress whose contest against an NCP rebel Datta Bharne in Indapur constituency had attracted state-wide attention.