As part of a running series to help voters make an informed decision, mid-day examines the political dynamics and candidates in Hadapsar, where most eyes are on Congress and Shiv Sena
Mahadev Babar (Shiv Sena), Yogesh Tilekar (BJP), Chetan Tupe (NCP), Chandrakant Shivarkar (Congress), Pramod Bhangire (MNS)
With the delimitation of constituencies in 2009, parts of the Cantonment segment were included in the Hadapsar assembly segment. Known as a Congress bastion in the past, the constituency elected Shiv Sena in 2009, after sitting MLA Mahadev Babar took advantage of the rift between Congress and NCP to win the seat.
Over the years, it’s not just Hadapsar’s appearance and culture that has changed with the addition of several malls, multiplexes and IT parks, but the political dynamics here have also evolved. Babar has strong presence in areas like Kondhwa, where he has very good ties with the local Muslim population. He will face a challenge from BJP’s Yogesh Tilekar, who has also gained prominence in the five-way fight this year, with a strong base in Katraj and Kondhwa areas.
MNS’s Pramod Bhangire (alias Nana) - who was earlier a close associate of Babar while in Shiv Sena - will also eat into Babar’s votes. With the Sena votes being split between them, it will be interesting to see if the Congress can take back their bastion this year. Congress candidate and veteran politician, Chandrakant Shivarkar (alias Balasaheb) had lost the last election by just 10,309 votes, and is looking to cover that gap this time. NCP candidate Chetan Tupe, who had earlier served as the standing committee chairman of Pune Municipal Corporation, also has a strong base here.
4,10,892 Total number of voters in the constituency
65,517 Number of Voters
I would like see the organic food sector grow in the city. I feel that health care should be given more importance by the new state government. The sector should be revamped so that all people benefit from it, and health policies should be implemented properly as well.
- Anuradha Sawhney, Dietician
The newly elected MLA should be dedicated and should focus on the transportation issues of the area. Electricity supply problems, women’s safety, and the stray dogs issue are just some of the things that we want the government to take care of. Also, water logging and garbage disposal is a big issue in our area. The elected representative should give priority to these issues.
- B L Karadi, Businessman
I expect only three things from the government - infrastructure improvement, implementation of Metro and ring road projects, and progress in redevelopment projects, so that the city’s development is balanced.
- Satish Magar, Developer