Though the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) victory in the Baramati Municipal Council poll held on Sunday comes as no surprise, party candidates getting elected from 24 of the 25 seats shows recent setbacks like the Maval firing incident have not affected the NCP one bit on its turf. In 2007 as well the party had bagged 24 of the 25 seats.
Guarding his turf: NCP chief Sharad Pawar. File pic
Senior NCP leader Ankush Kakade said the party had shown remarkable growth in Baramati as in 2002 it had won only 18 of the 24 seats.
"One seat was lost to an NCP worker who was denied a ticket by the party, but the candidate will now support us, so in a way we have bagged all the seats in Baramati," Kakade said.The rebel candidate, Sunil Saste, had fought with the party and independently contested the poll to win the seat.
Kakade added that the party was able to acquire the votes in Baramati mainly because of the development works undertaken in the city by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar. "Solving important issues like illegal encroachment by hawkers and slum-dwellers, bad roads and load shedding helped us up the number of votes," Kakade said. The counting began at 10 am yesterday and the NCP was leading from the very first round.