As analysis of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections begins and the voting trend in various pockets emerges,six of the eight legislators in the city have reasons to worry. Going by the trend,they may have to sweat it out before the 2014 assembly polls if they want to retain their assembly seats.
The PMC elections saw NCP re-emerging as the single largest party,but failing to get full majority.
The most significant outcome was MNS surfacing as the main opposition with 29 corporators pushing to backseat the Congress with 28,BJP with 26 and Shiv Sena with 15 corporators. In the 2009 assembly polls,the Congress,BJP and Shiv Sena had won two seats each and the NCP and the MNS got only one seat each.
The voter shift seen in the civic poll signifies that the preference has changed with NCP and MNS emerging stronger parties.
Most sitting legislators will have to work hard in the next assembly polls. The PMC results is an eyeopener for many,except the NCP legislator, said NCP spokesperson Ankush Kakade. The NCP legislator,Bapu Pathare,had won by a huge margin in 2009.
Shivajinagar assembly constituency is represented by Vinayak Nimhan of the Congress and although his son was elected to the PMC,the increase in MNS vote share indicates everything is not fine.
In the same constituency,NCP candidate Reshma Bhosale,wife of MLC Anil Bhosale,was elected from Pune University area but with a margin of less than 100 votes.
In the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) assembly constituency represented by Congress MLA Ramesh Bagawe,voters preferred candidates from Shiv Sena,BJP and MNS over Congress.
The Kothrud assembly segment is considered a bastion of the Shiv Sena but the civic polls showed that the MNS has increased its base in the area. Most MNS candidates were either elected or were second.
Sitting Sena MLA Mahadeo Babars sister-in-law Megha was defeated in the civic polls,along with some key supporters. His constituency,Hadapsar,saw NCP getting most seats in the civic elections.
For the BJP,it was a mixed bag as its bastion of Kasba assembly segment saw MNS taking big strides. MNS candidate Ravindra Dhangekar won with the second highest margin in the civic poll.
In the Parvati assembly segment represented by BJP MLA Madhuri Misal,the party managed to win nine of the 14 wards it contested. The party won the seat in assembly polls and has continued to retain confidence of voters of the area in civic polls, said Misal.
The BJP has reason to worry in Khadakwasla assembly segment which it won a few months back through Bhimrao Tapkir. In the civic polls,MNS won four seats while the NCP too kept its strong presence in the area. The BJP lost the civic poll seat that was represented by Tapkir earlier.