Dhananjay wins 'Battle of Mundes' against Pankaja, says he is 'happy but pained'

PTI
Thursday, 24 October 2019

One of the shocking results of Maharashtra Assembly Elections was the 'Battle of Mundes' -- with BJP Minister Pankaja Munde losing to her cousin Dhananjay Munde representing NCP in Parli assembly constituency.

Mumbai: One of the shocking results of Maharashtra Assembly Elections was the 'Battle of Mundes' -- with BJP Minister Pankaja Munde losing to her cousin Dhananjay Munde representing NCP in Parli assembly constituency."Happy but pained" was how Dhananjay Munde chose to express his feelings on Thursday after he took a massive lead over Pankaja. Dhananjay also thanked the people of the area for his "unprecedented victory", according to a report on PTI.
 
Accepting the people's decision, Pankaja Munde dubbed her defeat as unexpected and inscrutable", even broke down on air while talking to news channels. According to the trends made available by Election Commission so far, the NCP leader had got 1.22 lakh votes as against 91,413 votes bagged by his BJP opponent."The people of Parli have given me an unprecedented victory. I thank them. Anna (referring to his father) wanted to see me winning. How do I tell him that his son has won and that too in Parli?" an emotional yet confident Dhananjay said. "I am happy. But I am also sad somewhere, being the elder in the family. Whether they consider me as part of the family or not, the blood relation never breaks.

I am pained that someone in the family has been defeated," he said, though the cousins have always been at loggerheads.  He was ecstatic that Parli's residents backed him despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and leader Udayanraje Bhosale campaigning against him. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also expressed shock over Pankaja's defeat and said the party will analyse the reasons. Reacting to her defeat, Pankaja Munde,"I accept the mandate humbly. I did not expect the result, given the developmental works carried out during the past five years and the response I received from people. Those for whom I campaigned are on the way to victory, but, I was not able to win my seat," she lamented. 

Dhananjay, the Leader of Opposition in the State Legislative Council said he had raised the issue of development, but added that the ruling party had indulged in "dirty politics". The NCP leader also said he will fulfil all the development-related promises made to people in the next five years. 

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