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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Early trends from Pune, which has 22 seats in Maharashtra’s 288-seat assembly

Pune mayor and BJP leader, Mukta Tilak, a descendant of freedom fighter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, was leading his Congress rival Arvind Shinde.

assembly-elections Updated: Oct 24, 2019 13:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Cutouts of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and PM Modi outside BJP office.
Cutouts of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and PM Modi outside BJP office.(Photo: Vijayanand Gupta/HT)
         

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers from Pune district and their Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rivals were locked in a close tussle in the early rounds of counting in Pune district.

Pune has 22 seats in Maharashtra’s 288 seat assembly. Pune city has eight seats.

In Baramati, a stronghold of the NCP, senior leader, Ajit Pawar, took a clear lead on Thursday morning; senior NCP leader and former minister, Dilip Walse Patil, was also leading in Ambegaon. In Bhor, the Congress’ Sangram Thopate scored a lead in the early rounds.

However, in Maval, the BJP’s Pune president and minister of state, Sanjay Vishwanath (Bala) Bhegade, was trailing the NCP’s Sunil Shelke, while three-term legislator and minister of state Vijay Shivtare, was also trailing his Congress rival, Sanjay Jagtap, in Purandhar.

In Indapur, Harshavardhan Patil, a former Congress legislator who recently joined the BJP to challenge the Pawars, was leading by 600 votes at the end of the sixth round.

Pune mayor and BJP leader, Mukta Tilak, a descendant of freedom fighter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, was leading his Congress rival Arvind Shinde. In Shivajinagar, the BJP’s Siddharth Shirole, son of former Pune MP, Anil Shirole, is pitted against Datta Bahirat of Congress.

Two candidates from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) threw a surprise in the early rounds by leading over their BJP rivals in the eight constituencies of Pune. While the NCP’s Sachin Dodke took a lead in the Khadakvasla constituency over his BJP rival, Bhimrao Tapkir, in Wadgaonsheri, Sunil Tingre was leading over his BJP rival and sitting MLA Jagdish Mulick.

In all the six other constituencies of Pune, the BJP continued to lead in the early rounds. In the 2014 polls, BJP had swept all the eight assembly seats in Pune.

BJP’s state president, Chandrakantdada Patil, was also in the lead over the combined Opposition candidate, Kishore Shinde of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).