In Chandrapur, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir was in a rude shock when he lost to Suresh Dhanorkar of the Congress. The local unit of the BJP had wanted to replace Ahir because of the anti-incumbency against him.
Patil Chikhlikar, a former Youth Congress leader from Nanded in Marathwada region of the state, is taking on Chavan on the latter's home turf, which has always remained the citadel of the Congress party.
With three public meetings scattered 50 to 70 km apart in hilly Mudkhed and Umri talukas, Ashok Chavan has also squeezed into the day a series of consultations with party workers, other leaders on the campaign trail in his constituency and a press conference.
In the tape, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, a former chief minister, is heard expressing displeasure over the selection of the candidate for the Chandrapur seat, and claiming that no one in the party has been listening to him.