The biennial legislative council polls for six seats elected by the corporators in the civic bodies has proved a big jolt to Nationalist Congress Party, as it could win only one seat against its four sitting MLCs. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s close confidant, Parinay Phuke, and close aide of the former chief minister, Ashok Chavan, have been elected to the council from Bhandara-Gondia and Nanded urban local bodies respectively.
The results of the six seats of the council elections held on November 19 were declared within hours after counting began in the eight districts across the state at 8 am on Tuesday. NCP’s loss has resulted in a gain for the Congress and BJP in winning one additional seat, while Shiv Sena won the seat from Yavatmal, the traditional bastion of the Congress.
The election for the six seats also witnessed the backdoor alliance between NCP and Shiv Sena in Pune and Yavatmal. NCP’s Anil Bhosale bagged 440 votes against, with a party strength of 298 votes in the civic bodies. Shiv Sena, reportedly helped the NCP candidate in Pune, in exchange for support in Yavatmal. NCP’s sitting MLC Sandeep Bajoria supported the Sena candidate, who polled 348 votes against the party’s trenth of less than 80 votes.
Bhartiya Janata Party bagged Jalgaon and Bhandara-Gondia , which were prestigious for the party. Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan’s supporter, Chandulal Patel, garnered support from all the three major parties which withdrew their official candidates. It was an internal fight between two BJP camps in Jalgaon as ousted party leader Eknath Khadse’s candidate and sitting MLC Gurumukh Jagwani was denied candidature by the party. In Bhandara-Gondia, the winning BJP candidate Parinay Fuke is assumed to be handpicked by Devendra Fadnavis, and his victory was matter of prestige for the CM. Phuke defeated Congress MLC Gopaldas Agarwal’s son Praful by a sizable margin.
Former forest minister and senior Congress leader Patangarao Kadam’s brother Mohan has bagged the Sangali-Satara seat by defeating NCP’s Shekhar Gore. Amar Rajurkar (Congress) defeated NCP and supported independent Shyamsundar Shinde by 43 votes.
“We lost due to horse trading and non-cooperation from the Congress. Had the party supported us in Sangali-Satara in exchange for our support in Yavatmal, we both could have retained our seats,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.
Pune – Anil Bhosale (NCP)
Sangali -Satara – Mohan Kadam (Congress)
Nanded – Amar Rajurkar (Congress)
Jalgaon – Chandulal Patel (BJP)
Bhandara-Gondia – Parinay Fuke (BJP)
Yavatmal – Tanaji Sawant (Shiv Sena)