In one of the biggest setbacks for NCP and particularly for former Dy. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, his son Parth Pawar has been defeated in his debut elections. Shiv Sena’s Shrirang Barne won Maval constituency against Parth Pawar. Even though all exit polls, predicted Parth’s victory, the predicted Modi Tsunami hit Maval constituency real hard as Shrirang Barne won in a keen close contest. The final results board read :
Shiv Sena’s Shrirang Barne won by a massive margin of 2,15,913.
Many had questioned NCP’s decision to field Parth as it meant that Sharad Pawar had to back out from the battle. And the decision has hit the NCP in the politics of maths in elections. Maval had registered 58.21% voting between six state assembly constituencies — Pimpri, Chinchwad, Maval, Karjat, Panvel, and Uran. Ajit Pawar was banking on Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) which has a strong network in the district. PWP leader Jayant Patil was given the responsibility of Panvel and Uran area, while Sunil Tatkare, a close aide of Ajit Pawar camped in Karjat. NCP top most leaders too campaigned in the constituency which included NCP President Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde, NCP State Wing Women President Chitra Wagh while Sambhaji fame actor Amol Kolhe has also addressed a couple of rallies. Political analysts have termed many reasons for Parth Pawar’s defeat :
• The NCP failed to reach out all of Mawal Lok Sabha constituency
• Parth Pawar has no identity of his own, except being grandson of Sharad Pawar and son of Ajit Pawar
• In the last 5 years, NCP failed to strengthen it’s connect with Pimpri Chinchwad and Mawal constituency
• Rajaram Patil of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi also ate into Parth votes. He secured 75904 votes.
• Despite playing the youth card on giving a youth Parth Pawar candidature, NCP failed bring in votes of the youth.
• The compromise between Shrirang Barne and Laxman Jagtap was another major setback. NCP banked heavily on the covert support of local BJP strongman of Pimpri-Chinchwad, Laxman Jagtap, owing to Laxman Jagtap’s intense resentment of Shrirang Barne. However, going by the trends, it appears that Laxman Jagtap — and the BJP — did campaign wholeheartedly for Shrirang Barne after a truce between the two leaders was effected just days before Maval went to the polls on April 29.
• The privileged and cloistered neophyte Parth Pawar, distinctly uncomfortable in the vernacular, failed to cut much of a figure with the local populace as opposed to the experienced Shrirang Barne, who successfully projected himself as the ‘son of the soil’, apparently rooted to people’s problems.
• And most importantly, Lok Sabha 2019 was first an election to elect PM Modi back in office and perhaps only then to some extend a candidate driven election.
Some other interesting factors about Parth Pawar’s defeat :
• Parth Pawar’s defeat will make it the first time in more than 50 years that a member of the Pawar family has lost a major election. It was Sharad Pawar who first entered the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1967 winning the Baramati Assembly seat.
• Likewise, his nephew Ajit Pawar, Parth Pawar’s father won the Baramati seat in his political debut in 1991 and has since not lost any election.
• Supriya Sule too won the Lok Sabha election from Baramati in 2009 and has retained it since. Even more than Sharad Pawar, it was Ajit Pawar’s political prominence which was on the line in the Maval contest as it is believed that he had lobbied hard — and controversially — for his son’s candidacy.
• The BJP had vocally expressed its determination to supplant the Pawar clan from Baramati and Mawal. It pulled out all stops including a rally by BJP national president Amit Shah. State Minister Chandrakant Patil in fact had mocked in advance about Parth’s defeat in most campaigns.
With the results, Shrirang Barne continues to have a dream run as MP of Maval Lok Sabha constituency courtesy Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.