LokSabha 2019: BJP fields Bapat from Pune, Kul in Baramati
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has given the ticket for Pune Lok Sabha seat to District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, denying sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Shirole.
Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has given the ticket for Pune Lok Sabha seat to District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, denying sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Shirole. In Baramati, the party gave the ticket to Rashtriya Samaj Party’s (RSP) Kanchan Kul, wife of RSP’s Daund MLA Rahul Kul.
BJP declared its second list of Lok Sabha candidates including Pune and Baramati constituency on late Friday night. This is the second chance for Bapat. In 1996, he had unsuccessfully contested against Congress’ Suresh Kalmadi. In 2014, Bapat had again shown interest. However, the party chose Anil Shirole, who defeated Congress’ Vishwajeet Kadam.
Bapat said, “I am happy. I am thankful to the party for giving me an opportunity in Lok Sabha.”
Shirole said, “I had expressed interest in contesting the elections, but the party has given a chance to Bapat. I am grateful to the people and the party. I am a loyal party worker and will continue to work for BJP candidate from Pune.”
After the official announcement, Shirole went to meet Bapat to convey his best wishes. Bapat kicked off his election campaign by paying tribute at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue in Kothrud. Shirole, city unit president Yogesh Gogawale, Bapat, former Standing Committee Chairman Murlidhar Mohol, retired foreign secretary Dnyaneshwar Mule and Vikas Raskar, a local leader from Hadapsar, were six aspirants for the Pune Lok Sabha seat. However, the party finalised Bapat’s name based on his experience. He has been representing Kasba Assembly constituency from last four terms. At present, he is Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ cabinet.
RSP candidate with BJP symbol in Baramati
As Rashtriya Samaj Party (RSP) President Mahadev Jankar said that he is not ready to contest election on the BJP’s party symbol, BJP went with Daund MLA Rahul Kul’s wife Kanchan to contest election in Baramati. RSP is an alliance partner of BJP. Jankar contested from Baramati in 2014. He had lost against NCP leader Supriya Sule by close to 70,000 votes.
Two chances each
BJP has kept the pattern to continue to give two chances to each candidate in Pune Lok Sabha constituency. In 1996, the party gave a chance to Bapat in Pune Lok Sabha, but he was defeated. Now, he has got a second chance. In 2009, Shirole got ticket in 2009 and 2014. He won election in 2014. BJP gave ticket in 1999 to Pradeep Rawat and he won the election but lost in 2004.