Know your constituency: The big fight in Pimpri
In the series to help voters make an informed decision, mid-day examines the political dynamics and candidates in the Pimpri constituency, where the BJP-RPI alliance can prove to be a game changer
Manoj Kamble (Congress), Anna Bansode (NCP), Gautam Chabukswar (Shiv Sena), Chandrakanta Sonkamble (RPI), Anita Sonawane (MNS), Kshitij Texas Gaikwad (BSP)
Anna Bansode (NCP)
Pimpri constituency, reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates, was formed after delimitation of the Haveli constituency in 2009, and is composed of areas from Bopkhel, Dapodi to Bhakti-Shakti Chowk and Nigdi. While it is known to be a Congress bastion, Pimpri is the only seat in Pimpri-Chinchwad area which was won by an NCP candidate. Anna Bansode won the seat by defeating BJP’s Amar Sable by 9,527 votes. The constituency has a diverse population of Muslim, Christian, Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Dalit communities.
The sitting MLA from the NCP is a known supporter of Laxman Jagtap, a former NCP leader who is now contesting from a BJP ticket for Chinchwad. Pimpri may be considered a safe seat for the NCP, but the Congress also has a traditional voter base here.
BJP’s Amar Sable was willing to contest elections this time as well, but the party’s alliance partner RPI claimed this constituency and has fielded Chandrakanta Sonkamble. The one-lakh voters of Sindhi, Punjabi and Gujarati communities for
the BJP and around one-lakh voters of the Dalit community for the RPI may prove to be game changer in this constituency.
3,77,671 Total number of voters in the constituency
Number of Voters 61,061
The city should grow as a cultural hub, and development should be uniform throughout the constituency. There should be more schools and colleges, and the vacant land should also be used to start colleges and universities.
- Anil Pharande, chairman, Pharande Spaces
Frequent power cuts are a major problem in the area. While the roads are better and cleaner as compared to other places, we need to improve public transportation. The BRTS routes are marked, but the scheme has not been implemented properly. Flyover construction is underway at many places, and authorities should keep a close eye on it.
- Roop Karnani, businessman