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No dent in Cong base

india Updated: Oct 23, 2009 01:53 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
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The suicide belt of Maharashtra threw up some dramatic results.

The fight between President Pratibha Patil’s son, Rajendra Shekhawat, and Congress rebel and minister Sunil Deshmukh ended with Shekhawat winning in Amravati — a seat Deshmukh had represented for two terms.

Congress supporters burst firecrackers and raised slogans at Shekhawat’s Amravati residence.

“I was undermined by the media,” said Shekhawat. “I was sure of overwhelming support from the people. It is a victory for the party and my family’s nearly four-decade-long contribution for the development in the region.”

The Deshmukh camp was gloomy. His loyalists even switched off their mobile phones after the results. A shocked Deshmukh said, “It was totally unexpected.”

The Congress emerged as the largest party in Vidarbha by bagging 24 seats out of 62 in the region, up five from 2004. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) bagged four seats, down from 11 in 2004.

The Congress-NCP also performed well in Yavatmal district — the epicenter of farmer’ suicides in Vidarbha. Bebitai Bais, a farm widow who was contesting from Wani lost her deposit after polling only 1,983 votes. The Congress won the seat.

Kishore Tiwari of the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, which tracks farmers’ suicides, said: “The Congress has contested this election with (the) ugly face of 7,234 farm suicides in Vidarbha since 2004 but (the) opposition was on the back foot to take advantage of voter’s unrest due to infighting among them.”

The saffron combine also took a beating. The BJP lost three seats from its 2004 tally of 22. The Sena that bagged 10 seats in 2004 polls won only 8 seats this time. The saffron allies, however, swept Nagpur district winning eight out of the 12 seats.

Vidarbha also saw three sitting ministers — Deshmukh, Bang and Anees Ahmed — lose their seats.


Winners:
Malkapur: Charnsukh Madanlal Sancheti (BJP)
Buldhana: Vijayraj Haribhau Shinde (Shiv Sena)
Chikhli: Bondre Rahul Siddhavinayak (Cong)
Sindhkhed: Rajendra Bhaskarrao Shingne (NCP)
Mehkar (S.C.) Sanjay B Raimulkar Shiv Sena)
Khamgaon: Sananda D Gokulchand (Cong)
Jalgon (Jamod): Kute Sanjay Shriram (BJP)
Akot: Sanjay Laxman Gawande (Shiv Sena)
Balapur: Baliram Bhagwan Siraskar (Ind)
Akola: West Govardhan Mangilalji Sharma (BJP)
Akola East: Bhade H Pandhari (Bharip.B.M)
Murtizapur: Harish Marotiappa Pimple (BJP)
Risod: Zanak Subhashrao Ramrao (Cong)
Washim (S.C.): Lakhan Sahadeo Malik (BJP)
Karanja: Dahake Prakash Uttamrao (NCP)
Dhamangaon: Jagtap Virendra Valmik (Cong)
Badnera: Ravi Rana (Ind)
Amravati: Raosaheb Shekhawat (Cong)
Teosa: Yashomati Thakur (Cong)
Daryapur (S.C.): Abhijit A Adsul (Shiv Sena)
Melghat: Kale Kewalram Tulshiram (Cong)
Achalpur: Omprakash Babarao Kadu (Ind)
Morshi: Bonde Anil Sukhadeorao (Ind)
Arvi: Dadarao Yadavraoji Keche (BJP)
Deoli: Ranjit Prataprao Kamble (Cong)
Hinganghat: Ashok S Shinde (Shiv Sena)
Wardha: Suresh Bahuraoji Deshmukh (Ind)
Katol: Anil Deshmukh (NCP)
Saoner: Kedar Sunil Chhatrapal (Cong)
Hingana: Ghodmare Vijaybabu Pandurangji (BJP)
Umred (S.C.): Sudhir Laxman Parwe (BJP)
Nagpur South West: Devendra Fadnavis (BJP)
Nagpur South: Dinanath Deorao Padole (Cong)
Nagpur East: Krishna Khopde (BJP)
Nagpur Central: Vikas S Kumbhare (BJP)
Nagpur West: Sudhakar S Deshmukh (BJP)
Nagpur North (S.C.): Nitin Raut (Cong)
Kamptee: Chandrashekhar K Bawankule (BJP)
Ramtek: Ashish Nandkishor Jaiswal (Shiv Sena)
Tumsar: Bawankar Anil Fattu (Cong)
Bhandara Lac: Bhondekar N Bhojraj (Shiv Sena)
Sakoli: Nanabhau Falgunrao Patole (BJP)
Arjuni Morgaon: Badole Rajkumar Sudam (BJP)
Tirora: Bopache Khushal Parasram (BJP)
Gondia : Gopaldas Shankarlal Agarwal (Cong)
Amgaon (S.T.): Ramratnabapu B Raut (Cong)
Armori (S.T.): Anandrao G Gedam (Cong)
Gadchiroli (S.T.): Namdeo Dalluji Usendi (Cong)
Aheri (S.T.): Atram Dipak Mallaji (Ind)
Rajura: Dhote Subhash Ramchandrarao (Cong)
Chandrapur (S.C.): Shamkule N Sitaram (BJP)
Ballarpur: Sudhir S Mungantiwar (BJP)
Bramhapuri: Atul Devidas Deshkar (BJP)
Chimur: Vijay Wadettiwar (Cong)
Warora: Deotale Sanjay Wamanrao (Cong)
Wani: Kasawar Wamanrao Bapurao (Cong)
Ralegaon (S.T.):Vasant Purke (Cong)
Yavatmal: Nilesh S Deshmukh Parwekar (Cong)
Digras: Sanjay Dulichand Rathod (Shiv Sena)
Arni: Shivajirao Moghe (Cong)
Pusad: Manohar Naik (NCP)
Umarkhed: Vijayrao Yadavrao Khadse (Cong)
Kinwat: Jadhav Pradeep Hemsingh (Naik) (NCP)