Samadhan Awatade triumphs over Bhagirath Bhalke.
In a setback to the Uddhav Thackeray-led tripartite ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ authorities, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday snared the Pandharpur-Mangalvedha Assembly constituency in Solapur district.
The BJP’s Samadhan Awatade trounced the MVA’s Bhagirath Bhalke, whose candidature was put forth by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Mr. Awatade gained by a margin of three,733 votes having secured a complete 1,09,450 votes.
The bypoll had been necessitated after Mr. Bhalke’s father, Bharat Bhalke — a three-time NCP MLA from Solapur — had handed away in November final yr.
Bharat Bhalke, alongside together with his political rival Sudhakar Paricharak, had been a dominant participant in Solapur’s politics, notably across the temple city space of Pandharpur-Mangalvedha. Mr. Paricharak, too, had handed away in August final yr following COVID-19 associated problems.
A former wrestler, the senior Mr. Bhalke had trounced Paricharak as an Independent in the 2009 Maharashtra Assembly elections, and once more in the 2014 polls contesting on a Congress ticket. He had gained the election final yr as properly. The Pandharpur seat was thought-about an NCP bastion owing to Mr. Bhalke’s robust presence.
As a outcome, the Paricharak household was decided to settle political scores with Bhagirath Bhalke this time round by placing their weight firmly behind Mr. Awatade.
The BJP candidate additionally had the assist of the highly effective Mohite-Patil clan.
“This [contest] was the litmus test for Uddhav Thackeray’s MVA. The BJP’s win proves just how angry the people are with the ruling government. Their poor response in ameliorating the common people’s plight during the COVID-19 crisis by not waiving off power bills and giving cash packages on time has cost them this seat,” stated BJP State president Chandrakant Patil.
Notwithstanding Mr. Patil’s causes for the BJP’s win, the campaigning was marked by sheer irresponsibility by each the ruling and opposition events; giant crowds, in violation of pandemic norms, had been current at rallies held by each the Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of the NCP.
Meanwhile, Solapur Collector Milind Shambharkar stated all COVID-19 prevention protocols and tips had been adopted through the counting course of and that victory celebrations had been banned outdoors the counting centre.