The 26-yr-old doctor who ousted Manikrao from Congress stronghold after nearly 5 decades

She said tribals who migrate to Gujarat have seen for themselves the development in the state.

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Nandurbar | Updated: May 19, 2014 7:14 am

Unlike other candidates in the poll fray, Dr Heena Gavit did not head to the counting centre on the day of the electoral verdict. A post-graduate student of Grant Medical College, the 26-year-old BJP candidate from Nandurbar was busy appearing for her MD exam.

By the end of the day, she emerged as one of the BJP’s giant killers, defeating Congress veteran Manikrao Gavit, 80, who has been representing the Nandurbar tribal seat since 1967, by a margin of over 1 lakh votes.

“This election is a dream come true for me as I have many dreams for Nandurbar. The Congress MP who was elected many times has lost touch with the common man and has done no development in the region. I want to bring development, better medical facilities and progress here,” said Heena, daughter of former state minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit.

On the decision to join the BJP and the tribal population’s apparent acceptance of the party, she said tribals who migrate to Gujarat have seen for themselves the development in the state. “People wanted a change, and bouyed by the first-hand experience of development there, they voted for me,” she said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, senior Congress leaders said Vijayrao’s image as a man of the masses played an important role in ensuring his daughter’s victory. On the other hand, Manikrao, who was seen as the face of the tribal constituency and tribal politics in the state, seemed to have lost his connect with the people, said political observers.

Nandurbar was seen as a Congress stronghold, with the party holding five of the six assembly segments in the area.

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  1. Harry Achari
    May 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm
    the end dynasty rule and ignoring civilians interests is just started. this party and dynasty rule will be buried soon from the politic scene
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      adal singh
      May 19, 2014 at 7:08 am
      New blood & new thoughts replaced the old one, a symptom of development.
      1. M
        May 19, 2014 at 9:57 am
        Young blood which thinks for nation's progress is acceptable to public; she is one such example
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          Praveen Vaid
          May 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm
          Today the older veteran's just don't know when its time to call it a day and make way for the more capable younger people whose idealism and vision is way far ahead than the shorter tunnel of life left for the elderly. We need more youthful energy like Dr Heena Gavit to come forward which seems to be the more increasing trend, and, hopefully the elderly can contribute with their wisdom, honorably make a retreat and thus thereby young old can avoid the pitfalls of history provided the young will learn and the elderly will gracefully share that wisdom.
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            yeswant ratnakar
            May 19, 2014 at 6:26 am
            Sadly Congressmen fail to understand the verdict. They lost because of this Dynasty's self serving atude. If they do not change the present High Command, they will not get even this 44 next time. I feel sorry for the senior veterans of the party. If they cannot voice their opinion, who else can. The end of the party has started.
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