Former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde lost to the BJP’s Swami Siddheshwar Shivacharya by 1,56,000 votes in Solapur, where Ambedkar was himself in the fray and polled 1,68,694 votes — 15.7 per cent of the vote share.
Across these regions, where mitigation measures to tackle a grave water and fodder scarcity had barely begun during the election campaign, BJP leaders had run a campaign almost entirely on issues of national security, the Pulwama attack and the Balakot airstrike.
Maharashtra Lok Sabha elections:: The Konkan region consists of five districts and has six Lok Sabha constituencies — Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg. While the Sena contested five seats, the BJP contested one.
The BJP, on the other hand, bagged Madha with party candidate Ranjeetsinh Naik Nimbalkar defeating NCP’s Sanjaymama Shinde. In 2014, the seat was won by Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, who recently quit NCP to join BJP.