Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: Key takeaways as debutants win big
Aaditya Thackeray makes historical debut
Making his debut in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray was elected as an MLA from the Worli constituency. The scion of the Thackeray family won the Worli seat by a margin of 67,382 votes. While Thackeray received 89,248 votes, his rival from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Advocate Suresh Mane managed to bag 21,821 votes. Photo: Bipin Kokate1/20
Shelar retains Bandra West
Minister of school education, sports, and youth welfare of Maharashtra and BJP leader Ashish Shelar won the prestigious Bandra West assembly seat with a margin of 25,000 votes. Shelar, who was the sitting MLA defeated Congress leader and three-time corporator Asif Zakaria. Ashish received about 74,816 votes, while his arch-rival Zakaria received 48,309 votes.
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In picture: Congress leader and Bandra West constituency candidate Asif Zakaria lost the assembly elections to sitting MLA Ashish Shelar by over 25,000 votes.
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Congress young turk snatches Sena's heart
Zeeshan Siddique, son of former MLA and Congress leader Baba Siddique, who was one of the youngest leaders to contest this year, emerged victorious against Sena veteran Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. The young Congress leader defeated Mahadeshwar in the 19th round of the counting of votes. Siddique bagged 38,337 votes, while Mahadeshwar was left behind with 32,547 votes.
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In photo: Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar lost the Bandra East constituency to Congress' Zeeshan Siddique by a margin of over 5,000 votes.
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Senior BJP leader defeats MNS candidate
Maharashtra BJP chief and senior BJP leader of the state Chandrakant Patil won the Kothrud constituency with a margin of 25,495 votes. The senior BJP leader polled 1,05,246 votes as compared to his arch-rival Kishore Shinde, who got 79,751 votes. Patil, who holds the portfolio of revenue minister in the Devendra Fadnavis government was appointed the state BJP chief in July this year.
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In picture: Chandrakant Patil is welcomed by women voters of his constituency during his campaign.
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Estranged wins household seat
Former BJP leader Gopinath Munde's daughter and BJP leader Pankaja Munde who contested from the Beed's Parli constituency lost the seat to NCP leader and her cousin Dhananjay Munde. The NCP leader had a landslide victory in Parli and secured 1.22 lakh votes over his cousin Pankaja who managed to get 91,413 votes.
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Rohit Pawar, the next 'Pawar' in the making?
Besides Aaditya Thackeray and Zeeshan Siddique, another debutant who managed to impress everyone and make an impact was Sharad Pawar's grand nephew, Rohit Pawar. The young scion of the Pawar family won the Kajrat-Jamkhed assembly constituency by a margin of over 43,000 votes. He defeated Ram Shankar Shinde.
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Fadnavis manages to retain seat
Maharashtra chief minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis managed to retain his Nagpur South West assembly seat. The 49-year-old minister won the Nagpur South West seat by a whopping margin of 49,344 votes, defeating Congress's Dr Ashish Deshmukh. Fadnavis got a staggering 1,09237 votes, while his arch rival, a total of 59,893.
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Rane wins Konkan's Kankavli as 'BJP' candidate
Nitesh Rane, former Congress MLA, and son of former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane joined the BJP before the Maharashtra Assembly Elections. He fought the elections as a BJP candidate from the Kankavli seat in coastal Konkan. The Rane scion won the seat by a margin of over 25,000 votes. Rane received 84,284 votes, while his nearest rival Satish Jagannath Sawant of Sena bagged 56,171 votes.
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Ajit Pawar wins by the highest margin
Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar won the Baramati assembly constituency with a staggering margin. He defeated BJP's Gopichand Padalkar by a margin of over 1.65 lakh votes, which is the highest victory margin recorded by a candidate in this year's assembly elections.
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Former Minister bites the dust in the Beed, loses to nephew
A total of seven ministers from the BJP-Shiv Sena government lost the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Besides Pankaja Munde, Sena's Jaydutt Kshirgar lost to his nephew Sandeep Kshirsagar of the NCP. Kshirsagar, who served as the Minister for Employment Guarantee and Horticulture had joined the Sena before the assembly elections. He lost to his nephew Sandeep Kshirsagar of the NCP from Beed assembly constituency by a margin of about 3,000 votes. Photo: Twitter Jaydutt Kshirsagar13/20
Harshavardhan Patil loses Indapur seat
Another defeat was of former Congress minister Harshavardhan Patil who lost the Indapur seat to NCP's Dattatray Bharne. Just before the Assembly Elections, Patil had quit the Congress party and joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). His defeat comes as a major shock to the BJP who estimated to win over 140 seats in the Maharashtra assembly polls.
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Deshmukh brothers to enter Maharashtra assembly
Former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh's son Dhiraj Deshmukh won the Latur rural assembly seat as a Congress candidate. Dhiraj, who is the youngest of the three Deshmukh sons secured 1,35,006 votes. Dhiraj secured 67.64 per cent of the total voter count. On the other hand, Dhiraj's elder brother Amit Deshmukh won the Latur city seat by a margin of 42,000 votes. Amit is elected as an MLA for the 3rd consecutive time.
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Dhiraj and Amit Deshmukh's brother Riteish Deshmukh took to Twitter to congratulate his brother on their thumping victory in the assembly polls. In his tweet, Riteish said, "We did it Pappa", as he thanked the people of Latur for laying their faith and trust in his brothers.
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Nationalist Congress Party candidate Jitendra Awhad defeated Sena candidate and Marathi actress, Deepali Sayed from the Mumbra-Kalwa constituency. Awhad defeated Sayed by a margin of 75,000 votes. Awhad is the sitting MLA from the Mumbra-Kalwa constituency since 2009. In the picture, Jitendra Awhad during campaigning.
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It's Chavans all the way in Bhokar and Karad
Former chief ministers of Maharashtra and Congress leaders Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan, both managed to win their respective assembly constituency; Bhokar (Nanded district) and Karad South (Satara district). While Ashok Chavan bagged 1,39737 votes, Prithviraj Chavan recorded about 9,1790 votes.
Photo: Twitter Prithviraj Chavan18/20
In picture: Former CM of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan received former Congress president Rahul Gandhi upon his arrival in Mumbai.
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Bhujwal wins big, son loses his seat
Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujwal won Nashik's Yeola seat by securing a staggering 1,25673 votes. Bhujbal defeated Sena's Sambhaji Pawar by a margin of over 50,000 votes. While Pawar polled over one lakh votes, Pawar managed to record only 69,975 votes. While Bhujwal won, his son Pankaj lost the Nandgaon seat. Pankaj was the sitting MLA from Nandgaon.
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About The Gallery
The Maharashtra Assembly election results came as a shocker to many with the BJP managing to bag over 100 seats. While debutants Aaditya Thackeray, Zeeshan Siddique, and Rohit Pawar managed to carve a name for themselves, the Assembly elections also saw the fall of leaders such as Pankaja Munde, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Harshvardhan Patil among others. With the end of the elections, here are the key takeaways.