Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar won from the Baramati assembly seat by a huge margin of 1,65,265 votes, according to the Election Commission. Ajit Pawar, nephew of NCP president Sharad Pawar, polled 1,95,641 votes, while his nearest rival, Gopichand Padalkar of the BJP, bagged just 30,376 votes. This was a record-breaking victory margin for Ajit Pawar in Baramati, a bastion of the Pawar family in western Maharashtra’s Pune district.
In 2014, Ajit Pawar had won from the seat with a margin of 89,791 votes. With this thumping victory, Ajit Pawar retained Baramati for a seventh term. His victory margin has smashed his former colleague Ganesh Naik’s record. Until now, Ganesh Naik held the biggest record of 1.18 lac votes in Maharashtra State Assembly elections but now Ajit Pawar has registered the biggest win any assembly elections.
Despite BJP’s all-out bid to unseat Ajit Pawar from Baramati, while Ajit Pawar won by a record margin of 1,60,965 votes, BJP’s candidate Gopichand Padalkar lost his deposit, as did all other candidates. It was the seventh successive win for Pawar, who had also won a Lok Sabha election from Baramati 25 years ago.
The BJP had made Baramati a prestige issue, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis openly declaring the party had “taken up the challenge of unseating Ajit Pawar”. However, the NCP leader seemed confident throughout. He campaigned across the state for NCP, Congress and other alliance candidates, allowing himself little time for Baramati. In fact, he was seen in Baramati once when he came to file nomination papers, and then on the final day of campaigning. On the last day of campaigning, as is the NCP tradition, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also addressed a rally for Ajit Pawar along with Supriya Sule. Ajit Pawar’s entire campaign was looked after by his wife, Sunetra, sons Parth and Jay, and other NCP leaders from Baramati city and district. They relied more on corner meetings, grievance meetings and door-to-door campaigning. At the end, BJP had to bite dust at Baramati.
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