The Raj Thackeray juggernaut, the emergence of parties like the Jan Surajya and Lok Sangram, the Samajwadi Party’s success and infighting hurt both the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv-Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combines in north Maharashtra.
Of the region’s 47 seats, the Congress-NCP won 22, down from 25, while the Shiv Sena-BJP combine’s tally fell to 16 from 19. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena dominated Nashik district, winning in three of its four seats. Thackeray’s decade-old association with Nashik and his vast network of workers, helped.
Small parties also played spoilsport. Lok Sangram’s Anil Gote, an accused in the Telgi scam, won in Dhule city, defeating sitting the NCP legislator Rajvardhan Kadambande. And cleric Mufti Ismail, a first-time candidate, won the Malegaon City seat on a Jan Surajya Party ticket.
“Decades of bad governance have isolated Malegaon from the mainstream,” he said.
Infighting also inflicted damage. Five-time legislator Surup Sinh Naik of the NCP lost to the Samajwadi Party’s Sharad Gavit, who is NCP minister Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit’s brother, while the Congress’s Rohidas Patil lost in Dhule rural.
The Sena-BJP won just two seats in Jalgaon district.
Outgoing deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his son Pankaj won the contiguous seats of Yeola and Nandgaon in Nashik district.
The Congress-NCP won seven of 10 seats in Ahmednagar.
Akkalkuwa: K C Padvi (Cong)
Shahada (ST): Vijaysing Padmakar Valvi (Cong)
Nandurbar (ST): Vijaykumar Gavit (NCP)
Navapur (ST): Sharad Gavit (SP)
Sakri (ST): Yogendra Bhoye (Cong)
Dhule Rural: Prof. Sharad Patil (Shiv Sena)
Dhule urban: Anil Gote (Loksang )
Shindkheda: R J Jitendrasinh (BJP)
Shirpur (ST): Kashiram Vechan Pawara (Cong)
Chopda (ST): J Ramesh Walvi (NCP)
Raver: C Shirish Madhukarrao (Ind)
Bhusawal (SC): Savkare Sanjay Waman (NCP)
Jalgaon city: Jain Sureshkumar (Shiv Sena)
Jalgaon rural: Deokar Gulabrao Baburao (NCP)
Amalner: Sahebrao Patil (IND)
Erandol: P Chimanrao Rupchand (Shiv Sena )
Chalisgaon: Deshmukh Rajiv (NCP)
Pachora: Wagh Dilip Onkar (NCP)
Jamner: Mahajan Girish Dattatray (BJP)
Muktainagar: E Ganpatrao Khadse (BJP)
Nandgaon: Pankaj Bhujbal (NCP)
Malegaon central: Mufti Mohd Ismail
A. Khalique (Jan Swarajya Shakti)
Malegaon outer: B Dadaji Dagadu (Shiv Sena)
Baglan (ST): Umaji Manglu Borse (BJP)
Kalwan (ST): A T Pawar (NCP)
Chandwad: S Vasantrao Kotwal (Ind)
Yeola: Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP)
Sinnar: Kokate Manikrao Shivaji (Cong)
Niphad: Kadam Anil Sahebrao (Shiv Sena)
Dindori (ST): M Dhanraj Haribhau (Shiv Sena)
Nashik East: Adv. Dhikale Uttamrao Nathuji (MNS)
Nashik Central: Gite Vasantrao Nivrutti (MNS)
Nashik West: Bhosle Nitin Keshavrao (MNS)
Deolali (SC): Gholap Baban Shankar (Shiv Sena )
Igatpuri (ST): Gavit Nirmala Ramesh (Ind)
Akole (ST): Pichad Madhukar Kashianth (NCP)
Sangamner: Thorat Balasaheb (Cong)
Shirdi: P Vikhe Radakrishna Eknathrao (Cong)
Kopargaon: K Ashokrao Shankarrao (Shiv Sena )
Shrirampur: Kamble Bhausaheb Malhari (Cong)
Newasa: G Shankarrao Yeshwantrao (NCP)
Shevgaon: G Chandrashekhar Marutraoji (NCP)
Rahuri: Kardile Shivaji Bhanudas (BJP)
Parner: Auti Vijayrao Bhaskarrao (Shiv Sena)
Ahmednagar city: A B R Rathod (Shiv Sena)
Shrigonda: Pachpute Babanrao Bhikaji (NCP)
Karjat Jamkhed: Prof R Shankar Shinde (BJP)