Maharashtra government union wins 4 out of 6 legislative council seats
Shiv Sena’s governing Maharashtra coalition, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress won four of the six state legislative council seats that went to the polls on December 1 on Friday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, meanwhile, suffered a setback losing in the party strongholds of Nagpur and Pune.
The biennial upper house elections, held on December 1, were being seen as a litmus test for the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), who came to power last year.
The terms of five sitting members ended in July this year, but the election was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
NCP’s Satish Chavan defeated BJP’s Shirish Boralkar to win the Aurangabad Division Graduate constituency.
In the Nagpur division graduate seat, Abhijit Wanjari of the Congress defeated Sandeep Joshi of the BJP. In the past, this position was held by BJP stalwart and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
In the Pune Division Graduate seat, Arun Lad of the NCP defeated Sangram Deshmukh of the BJP.
In the Pune Division Masters constituency, Jayant Asgaonkar from Congress defeated the MLC and the Independent Dattatraya Sawant.
In the Amravati Division Masters constituency, Kiran Sarnaik (Independent) defeated the acting MLC and independent Shrikant Deshpande who opposed Shiv Sena’s candidacy.
Reacting to the results, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said: “The results are a clear reflection of the work of the MVA in the last year.”
Pawar said the result of the by-election for the Dhule-Nandurbar seat, where the BJP’s Amrish Patel won, was expected. “He resigned (from Congress) and opposed it. He had the support of a large section that continued to support him in the elections, so it cannot be a true victory, “said Pawar.
But the results of the remaining constituencies where the MVA won was a reflection of the performance of the MVA government, he said.
Former prime minister and opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP was unable to measure the combined strength of the MVA.
Speaking to reporters here, Fadnavis said: “We could not judge the combined strength of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in these polls. Now we know how much you can fight together. We will better prepare for the next elections. We were only able to win one seat out of six. We will analyze the results and plan the next challenge. We will also discuss the issue of the selection of candidates, although prima facie I think they were the right ones ”.
Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh thanked voters and said they “bent the high neck” of rival parties. He also said that the opposition party should now support the government for the development of the state.
“If he can’t do it, he should at least stop the activities against Maharashtra #BJP,” the minister said.
Political analysts said the results represented a turning point in state policy. “I think voters got an alternative to the hard core Hindutva of the BJP and also found an alternative to congressional secularism after the formation of the MVA. If the three ruling parties read the political significance of the results, this could serve as a lasting effect that could significantly affect the BJP in the state, ”said Prakash Pawar, a Kohlapur political analyst.
(With contributions from the agency)