Amethi vs Baramati

Whichever wave may come, the Sharad Pawar family manages to keep its bastion, Baramati, intact, mainly on development works carried out by them. Why can't we see such developments in either Amethi or Raebareli, the so-called bastion of Congress' first family?

After weeks of campaigns, slogans and advertizements, we finaly witnessed “Abki baar Modi Sarkar” turning into reality. The Indian National Congress has faced an embarrasing and much needed defeat. But, for a few minutes, lets make a shift from this gung ho view of the Narendra Modi wave and look at the picture from a different point of view.

Much known for his austerity drives, strolls in villages streets and one on one meetings with the 'aam aadmi', we have very often heard Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi talking his connections with Amethi that are emotional and familial rather than political. On 6th April, the day Sonia Gandhi was scheduled to file her nomination papers from Rae Bareli, he told a cheering crowd: “Amethi and Raebareli are like a family to me'' he said, adding, “I am aware of the problems faced by you here. You leave it to us for their solution.''

The Gandhi legacy in Amethi has continued since decades altogether, large sections of populations considering Rahul 'bhaiya' their own. However, the picture that was painted by the election results is unusual. Rahul bhaiya faced stiff competition from Smriti Irani, the favourite bahu of TV soaps and BJP contestant from Amethi. Cleary, something seems to have gone wrong.

Neither the strolls, nor the pretended dedication has done any good to Amethi in all these years of incessant Congress rule. The dilapidated condition of the roads and other infrastucture further concretize this observation. With the country going tech-savvy and the era of e-governance approaching, Amethi still awaits a bare minimum of uninterrupted supply of electricity. Education, health care and other public enterprises remain stagnant. And while there's no development worthy enough to showcase, the factories and other establishments of the Rajiv Gandhi tenure have closed down. The growing distrust is inevitable, but also healthy in a democracy.

A similar plunge is also visible in Maharashtra, where the Congress–Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been rejected. After having enjoyed massive and unchallenged power for a long time, the Pawars are now tasting the flavour of people's anger. This leads us to a curious comparison between Amethi and Baramati, dynastic strongholds of the Gandhis and Pawars respectively. However, in deep contrast to Amethi, Baramati was fortunate to have enjoyed complete attention of the Pawars. In 2006, in keeping with the then union agriculture minister's aim of making his constituency a global show piece, Baramati went live with its own WiMax network. From agriculture to irrigation to industries, the economy of Baramati runs on well developed and updated systems. Well connected with the major cities in the state, last decade has seen growth of Baramati as a Prominent Education Center with Colleges and Schools ranging from Engineering to Biotechnology to Law and soon a Medical college is going to start in MIDC area. None of the above however, saved the Pawars from sinking in the quagmire of scandals that they built for themselves.

The question now is 'what remains ahead for Amethi's Rahul bhaiya?' Apart from just the embarassment, the abysmal performance calls for some genuine and serious introspection. Far, far away from women and youth empowerment or implementation of the RTI, Amethi continues to be deprived of basic amenities.



ramchandran vishwanathan

3 years ago

Amethi & Rai barelly should have votedout the Gandhis. They have only played with the emotions of the people there. Hope they take this defeat positively & start performing their duties. Baramati has clealy rewarded Pawar's work. We the people must make the representatives perform. Its equally our responsibility to make them work.

Jayprakash Save

3 years ago

How Tathawade (part of PCMC) & some part of Pune city were included in Baramati constituency during this LS elections? Voters got confused at the polling booths for not finding BJP/Shivsena representation & might have voted for NCP (as it was the only familiar symbol) or NOTA. The progress is limited to Baramati City/Town, here many parts of PCMC/Pune the residents depend on water supplied by tankers mostly owned by NCP/Congress leaders for last few years. There is nexus between corporators, PCMC, Builder & Tanker lobby to screw life of residents.

BJP sweeps all seven seats in Delhi

BJP first, AAP second and Congress came third in Delhi 16th Lok Sabha General Elections 2014

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) of Delhi has managed to sweep all the 7 Lok Sabha seats in the National Capital- Delhi in the General Elections of 2014 followed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at the second position and Indian National Congress (INC) third.

BJP candidates have won in all the seven constituencies of Delhi with close competition from AAP candidates. Namely, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the man who never lost in the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) maintained his winning-spree and has won in the prestigious Chandni Chowk Constituency by a difference of around 1.35 lakh votes from journalist-turned-AAP leader Ashutosh.

Whereas, in the East Delhi Constituency Maheish Girri of BJP won with 5.7 lakh votes against Mahatma's grandson Rajmohan Gandhi (AAP). Meenakashi lekhi (BJP) leads at the New Delhi Constituency with Ashish Khetan (AAP) in the second position and Ajay Makan (INC) on the third surprisingly.

In North East Delhi, Manoj Tiwari (BJP), a famous actor from is leading over AAP's Anand Kumar with 5.93 lakh votes while BJP candidate Udit Raj leads in North West Delhi with 6.3 lakh votes.

Ramesh Bidhuri in the South Delhi and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma in West Delhi triumph over  AAP candidates Col Devinder Sehrawat and  Jarnail Singh (AAP) respectively. Mr Bidhuri (BJP) wins with a margin of 1 lakh votes whereas Mr Pravesh Singh wins with a huge margin of 2.7 lakh votes from the AAP candidates.

The 15th Lok Sabha: 2009 General Elections had Congress winning all the seven seats in Delhi. The legacy has continued but with the opposite party (BJP) winning them all this time. But, what is surprising in the 2014 General Elections is that AAP being a just one and a half year old party has a vote share of 32.9%, whereas the years-old Congress  has a vote share which is more than half i.e. 15% only. BJP stands as a clear winner with a vote share of 47.9%.


Maharashtra's big stalwarts lose election and face too!

NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal, Praful Patel and Sunil Tatkare lost the election, while Narayan Rane and Ganesh Naik's sons were defeated by a landslide margin. Such results show only the voter is most powerful and not representatives, who try to hold and rule their bastion 

In Maharashtra politics, people like Chhagan Bhujbal, Praful Patel, Narayan Rane, Ganesh Naik and Sunil Tatkare are known as stalwarts, who virtually rule their constituencies like emperors. Most of them tried to make sure that power is transferred to the next generation by getting their heirs elected (established) either to the assembly or the Lok Sabha. Unfortunately, this time, the Narendra Modi wave, has not only defeated them but also voters have shown that such 'virtual empires' are also bound to crumble.


While Bhujbal, Patel (both from Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party-NCP) had to face defeat from Nasik and Bhandara, respectively, union home minister Shinde lost from Solapur to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Sharad Bansode by over over one lakh votes.


Tatkare, the close confidant of Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and minister for water resources, was defeated by Shiv Sena's Anant Geete by over 2,200 votes.


Out of the total 48 seats, Congress won two (Nanded and Hingoli), while NCP managed to win Baramati, Kolhapur, Satara and Madha seats. BJP and Shiv Sena won 23 and 18 seats, respectively, while one seat was won by Raju Shetty of Swabhimani Paksha, which has its pre-poll alliance with these two parties.

Source: Election Commission Last Updated at 6:14 PM On 16/5/2014


However, most shocking was the defeat of Nilesh Rane and Sanjeev Naik from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg and Thane, respectively and the margin of votes these two sons of ministers were defeated.


Nilesh, the son of Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane, was defeated by Shiv Sena's Vinayak Raut by over 1.5 lakh votes. Following the defeat of his son, Narayan Rane has resigned from the state cabinet, and according to sources plans to rush back to his nurture his constituency.


On the other hand, Sanjeev, son of Ganesh Naik, who is minister of labour, excise and environment in Maharashtra, was defeatd by Shiv Sena's Rajan Vichare. The Naik empire was considered as one of the strongest and impenetrable among all leaders of NCP. The victory of Vichare was made possible due to the anti-incumbency factor as well as low votes pulled by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's Abhijeet Panse.


Another interesting aspect of this election, at least in Maharashtra, is Ashok Chavan, the tainted former chief minister, who is the one of the two winners for Congress. Chavan, against whom an inquiry in the 'paid news' matter is pending, won by a margin of 80,000 votes. Rajeev Satav, one of the close confidants of Rahul Gandhi and president of Youth Congress, just about managed to win from Hingoli by marginal votes.


NCP, which shares power in Maharashtra with Congress, managed to win just four seats, including party chief Sharad Pawar's bastion, Baramati. Here Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule defeated Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (an alliance partner of BJP and SS). However, her margin is quite low compared to last time, when she had defeated BJP's Kanta Nalawade by over 3.36 lakh votes.


The defeat of Bhujbal and Patel, who are considered very close to the NCP chief, is most humiliating to the party. Bhujbal, whose son Pankaj is an MLA, and nephew Samir was representing Nasik in the Lok Sabha, had to face defeat from Shiv Sena's Hemant Godse by more than 1.87 lakh votes. Patel was defeated by BJP's Nana Patole, a relatively newcomer compared with the NCP's veteran leader, by over 1.25 lakh votes.


Another stalwart from Congress, Manikrao Gavit, who have won from Nandurbar for a record nine times, was defeated by BJP's Dr Heena Gavit. Interestingly, Dr Gavit is daughter of Vijaykumar Gavit, another powerful leader and minister from NCP. She defeated Manikrao Gavit by over a lakh votes.


NCP's Vijaysingh Mohite Patil, another powerful name in state politics, managed to hold the Madha seat that was vacated by his party chief. He defeated BJP-SS alliance partner Swabhimani Paksh's Saradhbu Khot by over 34, 000 votes.


Former minister and president of Mumbai Congress, Gurudas Kamat was defeated by Shiv Sena's Gajanan Kirtikar by over 1.5 lakh votes. Congress' Amrish Patel, a powerful leader from North Maharashtra, was defeated by BJP's Dr Subhash Bhamre by over 1.30 lakh votes.


Dr Padamsinh Patil, a former minister and close relative of Sharad Pawar was defeated from Osmanabad by Shiv Sena's Ravindra Gaikwad by over 1.4 lakh votes. Dr Patil was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the 2006 murder of Maharashtra Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar and his driver. The trial in this case is going in Alibaug court and verdict is pending.


Manish Jain is the son of powerful leader Ishwarlal Jain from the NCP. The Jain family from Jalgaon owns Rajmal Lakhichand, one of the biggest and oldest jewellery firm in Maharashtra. Interestingly, Manish Jain fought and won the election for Legislative Council from Jalgaon Local Authorities as an independent candidate. His run to the Lok Sabha, however, was cut short by BJP's Raksha Khadase, the daugher-in-law of Eknath Khadase, who is leader of opposition in Maharashtra. She defeated Jain by over three lakh votes.


Another son of a powerful politician, Sagar Datta Meghe was defeated by BJP's Chandrabhan Tadas by over one lakh vote. Datta Meghe is powerful leader from Congress and was minster for several years in the state cabinet. The Meghe family runs an empire of educational institutes across Maharashtra.


Congress' Shivajirao Moghe, the minister of social justice had to face the defeat in this Lok Sabha election. He was defeated by Shiv Sena's Bhavana Gawali, by over 93,000 votes. Gawali was the youngest female Member of Parliament (MP) in the 13th Lok Sabha.


No doubt the election results are influenced by the Narendra Modi wave, however, what it signals for Congress and NCP is you can not take the voter for granted all the time.  


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