With Dilip Walse-Patil retaining his Ambegaon seat for the fifth time this time by a margin of 37,020 votes voters seem to have stuck to the formula of electing Shivajirao Adhalrao for Lok Sabha and Dilip Walse-Patil for assembly elections. Walse-Patil was leading the constituency right from round one and the margin only kept increasing.
While Walse-Patil bagged 99,393 votes,Kalpana Adhalrao-Patil received 62,373 votes. Though we were confident of the victory,we had expected to win by at least 50,000 votes,which came down to 37,020, said Devendra Shah,spokesperson of Walse-Patil. He accused the Sena of portraying the Ambegaon elections in an unhealthy manner. Despite whatever was being talked about in the constituency,we had confidence in the voters, he said.
However,not everyone had expected this result. Kalpanatai being the first woman candidate from this constituency in last 36 years and Adhalrao factor that worked during Lok Sabha elections were expected to work in Senas favour, said Mahesh Satav,a farmer from Ambegaon. He added that 42 villages from Shirur constituency,where Adhalrao had the maximum lead during Lok Sabha,were included in Ambegaon. Delimitation failed to impact the verdict, Satav said.
Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said Walse-Patil was a strong contender in Ambegaon,considering he was contesting for the fifth time. Moreover,this defeat cannot be perceived as Shivajiraos personal defeat. Being the finance and energy minister,we expect Walse-Patil to undertake more development projects in Pune district, she said. A Sena worker from Ambegaon commented that Adhalrao should not have posed a direct fight against Walse-Patil in this election. He should have been content with the Lok Sabha victory. His position in the party might come down with this defeat, a Sena worker said.
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