The region’s two dominant politicians suffered setbacks, where personalities rather than parties influenced voting.
The Congress’s Narayan Rane, the industries minister, defeated the Shiv Sena’s Vaibhav Naik in Kudal by a handsome 24,000 votes, but his party lost the three remaining seats it contested.
The other powerful figure, the Shiv Sena’s Ramdas Kadam, the leader of the opposition, lost in Ratnagiri district’s Guhagar, a seat his party had insisted on contesting in return for relinquishing Ghatkopar West in Mumbai to its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (whose Poonam Mahajan also lost).
The Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Bhaskar Jadhav beat Kadam by around 13,000 votes. The Shiv Sena leader seemed shell-shocked. “I will talk to the media only tomorrow,” he said.
The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine was bruised, with its tally dropping by six seats.
The outgoing Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government also did not seem to have got much mileage out of its pre-poll sop in June in the form of a Rs 5,000-crore package for the region. It gained just one seat.
The package includes an ambitious plan to convert the 471-km Mumbai-Goa highway into a modern four-lane carriageway, completion of the state’s coastal highway and constructing an airport.
Of the region’s 15 seats, the Congress won 2, the NCP won 5, the Shiv Sena 4, the BJP 1 and the Peasants’ and Workers’ Party won 3.
Kankavli assembly constituency in Sindhudurg district in Konkan that has been known for dominance by Congress leader Narayan Rane saw a very close fight but the Congress candidate Ravindra Phatak lost by a margin of a mere 34 votes. While Bharatiya Janata Party’s Pramod Jathar won 57,651 votes, Phatak got 57617 votes.
Panvel: Prashant Ramsheth Thakur (Cong)
Karjat: Sureshbhau Narayan Lad (NCP)
Uran: Patil Vivekanand Shankar (PWP)
Pen: Dhairyashil Mohan Patil (PWP)
Alibag: Meenakshi Prabhakar Patil (PWP)
Shriwardhan: Tatkare Sunil Dattatrey (NCP)
Mahad: Bharat Shet Gogawale (Shiv Sena)
Dapoli: Dalvi Suryakant Shivram (Shiv Sena)
Guhagar: Jadhav Bhaskar Bhaurao (NCP)
Chiplun: Chavan S Narayan (Shiv Sena)
Ratnagiri: Uday Ravindra Samant (NCP)
Rajapur: Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena)
kankavli: Pramod Jathar (BJP)
kudal: Narayan Rane (Cong)
sawantwadi: Deepak Kesarkar (ncp)