State Revenue Minister Narayan Rane’s political clout has been put to test, yet again, in the prestigious bypolls in Daryapur (Amravati district) and Chimur (Chandrapur) constituencies in the Vidarbha region, the outcome of which will determine his power equation in the ruling Congress. The election results will be declared on December 7.
Rane has been campaigning hard in the constituencies of Daryapur and Chimur for the last fortnight, from where his loyalists Prakash Bharsakhale and Vijay Wadettiwar are contesting the by-elections, for retaining both the seats.
The by-elections were necessitated after Bharsakhale and Wadettiwar quit the Sena to join the Congress.
This is Bharsakhale’s fourth bypoll and Wadettiwar’s second. Rane is hoping that the victories of Bharsakhale and Wadettiwar will give a boost to his position in the Congress.
According to reports on Monday evening, barring a few stray incidents of violence, both the elections were peaceful. An average of 60 per cent voters turned up for voting.