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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Sujay and Parth’s entry into poll fray force parties redraw strategy

In Ahmednagar, the NCP is considering fielding member of legislative council (MLC) Arun Jagtap and revoke suspension of its 18 corporators take on Sujay Vikhe-Patil.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 16, 2019 15:14 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Congress leader Sujay Vikhe Patil joined BJP in presence of of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP state president Raosaheb Danve at MCA club in Mumbai(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

As Sujay and Parth, third generation members of the Vikhe-Patil and Pawar families, respectively, enter the poll fray, parties across the board - Congress, BJP, NCP and Shiv Sena, are having to redraw strategies for constituencies across Maharashtra.

Ahmednagar, which elected BJP’s Dilip Gandhi in 2014, will now see Sujay Vikhe-Patil as the BJP candidate for 2019.

Maval, is where 29-year-old Commerce graduate Parth Pawar will put his political fortune to the test.

Parth, son of Ajit Pawar and grandnephew of Sharad Pawar; and Sujay, son of leader of opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil’, currently, are viewed by a section of the political bloc across party lines, as beneficiaries of “dynasty politics”, with neither having proved their political prowess yet.

In Ahmednagar, the NCP is considering fielding member of legislative council (MLC) Arun Jagtap and revoke suspension of its 18 corporators take on Sujay Vikhe-Patil. The BJP on its part has successfully tamed Gandhi, four term MP, to prevent any trouble.

Jagtap’s son, Sangram, an MLA from Ahmednagar, tacitly orchestrated an operation in which 18 NCP corporators backed the BJP candidate during the mayoral elections held last year, handing the BJP the victory and forcing the NCP to expel the rebel corporators, and Sangram Jagtap, from the party.

With the BJP fielding Sujay, a neurosurgeon, from Ahmednagagr, Sujay’s father, Congress veteran Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has decided not to campaign in Ahmednagar.

“I have decided not to campaign in Ahmednagar for the NCP candidate. I am doing this as my campaigning there may be a problem for NCP,” said Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil.

Confirming that he is the NCP front runner, Arun Jagtap said, “I am in the race for the parliamentary elections and will go ahead as per the instructions of the party.”

On the party’s plans to revoke the suspension of the 18 corporators, Jagtap said, “We are also in talks with the all corporators who have left the NCP. The process is being carried out under the guidance of NCP state president Jayant Patil. Whatever may come, the NCP will surely win the Ahmednagar parliamentary seat.”

Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has decided to launch Parth’s campaign personally, and plans to address workers on Sunday. Party leaders from Pimpri-Chinchwad have been asked to look for a suitable place for the meet, which will be attended by Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil. The party is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure Parth’s win from Maval, the constituency NCP couldnt win in the last two elections despite its strength there.

First Published: Mar 16, 2019 10:29 IST