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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