Big blow to BJP on Nitin Gadkari, the territory of Devendra Fadnavis
In a major electoral setback for the BJP in one of its most important strongholds, opposition coalition candidate Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) beat the party’s nominee in the polls for a seat in the Legislative Council on Thursday. Maharashtra to Nagpur.
What makes the results a blow to the BJP is that the constituency is home to the headquarters of its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and is the territory of prominent leaders like Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and the Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
A key contest in the state After Shiv Sena dissident Eknath Shinde moved Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to the BJP side in June, the election saw MVA’s Sudhakar Adbale win the Nagpur teachers’ seat, beating BJP-backed Nago Ganar, officials said.
The biennial elections for the upper house of the state legislature have been contested primarily between the ruling BJP and Mr Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction and MVA-backed candidates comprising Mr Thackeray’s Shiv Sena camp, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
The 6-year term of five council members – three teachers and two graduates – expires on February 7 and a ballot was held on Monday to fill future vacancies.
Teachers and graduates fulfilling certain criteria and registered as voters could exercise their right to vote in these elections.
The Konkan Teachers Constituency had the highest voter turnout at 91.02%, while the Nashik Division Graduate Seat had the lowest voter turnout at 49.28%.
The teacher constituencies of Aurangabad, Nagpur and Konkan divisions received 86%, 86.23% and 91.02% of the votes respectively.
Besides Nagpur, another closely watched fight took place at the headquarters of the Nashik division graduates, where the Congress saw a rebellion in its ranks in the run-up to the elections.
Sudhir Tambe, a three-time council member, was the official congressional nominee for the seat, but he did not file his candidacy.
When he withdrew from the contest, his son Satyajeet Tambe decided to fight as an independent. Congress then suspended both. Satyajeet Tambde is currently leading in the polls, officials said.