Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has proved its strong presence in Pune by scoring a huge victory at Khadakwasla and remaining second after giving a close fight against Shiv Sena BJP candidates at Kasba Peth and Kothrud constituencies. Even in four other constituencies,the MNS factor did play spoilsport for the BJPSena alliance.
The man laden with gold – Ramesh Hiraman Wanjale emerged as a star winner of MNS by defeating NCPs Vikas Dangat by 22,574 votes from Khadakwasla constituency. Out of the 1,75,514 votes Wanjale got 78,906 votes. Dangat got 56,332 votes and the BJP Sena candidate Murlidhar Mohol managed to get 29,113 votes.
However,Wanjales victory can be called as a lucky win for MNS. Wanjale was with the Congress party and he decided to contest elections on MNS ticket because the constituency was allotted to NCP.
MNS corporator Advocate Kishor Shinde literally took the breath away from Shivsenas Chandrakant Mokate at the Kothrud Consituency,which is considered as a strong hold of the saffron alliance. Mokate started well but between ninth and thirteenth round of counting,Shinde took the lead over him. In the next rounds,Mokate bagged more votes and emerged winner just by 7,212 votes against Shinde,who got 44,843 votes.
In a similar fight,MNS corporator Ravindra Dhangekar scored well in the Kasba Peth consitituency,which has been a strong hold of BJP for years. Danghekar lost to BJPs Girish Bapat just by 8162 votes. In the middle rounds Danghekar had also taken lead over Bapat,leaving the BJP camp tense for sometime. Both Mokate and Bapat admitted that MNS factor was strong in their constituencies. We did lag behind at some stage. I will strive to retain and increase the Shivsenas strength in the constituency in the coming years, said Mokate.
MNS got more votes that what we had expected. Out of the total votes that Ravindra Dhangekar claimed,almost 30 per cent belonged to BJP- Sena. Overall,the MNS factor and Raj Thackeray have played an important role in these assembly polls, said Girish Bapat.
Ranjit Shirole of MNS also did well by getting 26,143 votes in Shivajinagar. Shirole was on the third place,but he did play spoil sport for BJPs Vikas Mathakari who got 30,388 votes and lost of Congress candidate Vinayak Nimhan by a margin of 20,530 votes.
In Hadapsar constituency,MNS candidate Vasant More got 33,078 votes. He certainly reduced the victory margin for Shivsenas Mahadev Babar,who won against Congress strongman and two times MLA Balasaheb Shivarkar by 10,296 votes.
Rajendra Endal of MNS bagged 28,579 votes in Wadgaonsheri constituency,allowing NCP candidaate Bapu Pathare score a clean victory over Shivsenas Ajay Bhosale,who got 38,918 votes. Also,in Parvati constituency,MNS candidate Shivaji Gadade Patil stood third by scoring 29,679 votes,where NCP candidate Sachin Taware got 46,705 votes and BJPs Madhuri Misal won easily by getting 64,918 votes.