Kulkarni, who had secured close to 10000 votes in the Lok Sabha polls, losing out to Modi, was on his way to Pune when the crash occurred.
According to members of Vadodara unit of AAP, Kulkarni “died on the spot” after the car he was traveling in collided with a truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Kulkarni, who was originally from Nashik in Maharashtra, had settled in Vadodara for several years and was working in a firm that undertook civic infrastructure contracts.
In the staunch Muslim neighbourhood of Fatehpura, from where Kulkarni operated his business since six years, he was known as a philanthropist who offered “niyaz” (food distributed to the poor) worth lakhs during Muharram.
Kulkarni had courted much controversy during his election nominations after the Special Recovery Officer of a Maharashtra based credit society submitted letters to bring to the notice of the District Election Officer, Kulkarni had outstanding dues of several lakhs with the patsansthas (credit institutions) – and was declared “absconder” in ongoing cases against him in Sangameshwar in Maharashtra.
Kulkarni is survived by a wife Dhanashree and a daughter, Asmita, settled in Pune.