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Cong to MNS,Wanjale feels his work is the clincher

MNS candidate for Khadakwasla constituency Ramesh Wanjale claims that his ascendancy in politics was largely due to his hard work rather than the party he so far represented-the Congress.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
October 4, 2009 4:02:36 am

MNS candidate for Khadakwasla constituency Ramesh Wanjale claims that his ascendancy in politics was largely due to his hard work rather than the party he so far represented — the Congress.

He said changing parties was not a big issue for him and added that he can bring development in the region through the Raj Thackeray-led party.

Wanjale has taken on the Congress-NCP alliance in Khadakwasla that has always been a NCP stronghold with the exception of 2004 when the seat was won by Shiv Sena for the first time. “My objective of development matches with that of the MNS and I have found a right party to fulfill my aims,” said Wanjale. He tried to make it to the Shiv Sena ahead of announcement of polls,but changed his mind after the BJP decided to contest as per the seat sharing pact of the saffron combine. He then opted for the MNS.

Declaring that the public is not happy with the work of the Congress-NCP alliance,Wanjale said his work speaks for him which is why the public has been supporting him irrespectie of the party he represents,” he said. As a Congress man,Wanjale was twice elected as sarpanch of Ahire gram panchayat and deputy chairman of panchayat samiti. His wife Harshade continues to be a Congress representative in the zilla parishad.

NCP candidate Vikas Dangat-Patil said the constituency still is a NCP stronghold which can be gauged from the fact Supriya Sule had a lead of over 25,000 votes during the Lok Sabha polls.

“The party will get back the seat and voters will not trust the candidate who switches sides at the last minute,” Dangat-Patil said. There were five more contenders from the party for the seat,but they withdrew only to ensure that the official party candidate makes it.

“Wanjale might be contesting on the MNS ticket,but he has proved himself when it comes to delivering. The differences in the cadre of Congress and NCP is a well-known fact. It is difficult to stop the Congress cadre if they prefer Wanjale over the NCP candidate,” said a Congress leader.

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