Jubilation at BJP offices in Pune after Bapat's win; Congress offices deserted 

ST CORRESPONDENT 
Thursday, 23 May 2019

BJP candidate Girish Bapat won the Lok Sabha election from Pune

Pune: As the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections came in, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrated by raising saffron flags, while other party offices were buried in an eerie silence. 

At Congress Bhavan, the city office of the Indian National Congress (INC), a giant cutout of Rahul Gandhi was addressing an empty ground with no volunteers in sight. While only one party member was present at the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) office on Tilak Road. 

As the results were clear by the end of the day, the BJP office on JM Road was filled with saffron colours with volunteers cheering the victory of the party. BJP candidate Girish Bapat won the Lok Sabha election from Pune. 

Supporters of BJP candidate Girish Bapat were so confident of an easy win against Congress rival candidate Mohan Joshi that they put up placards all over the city celebrating his victory way in advance on Wednesday. 

Vijay Kale, former MLA of BJP, said Bapat won the day he filed his nomination. “For the last five years, the party has been relentlessly working for the country. The agenda of development and a stronger leadership at the Centre has won today. I want to congratulate all party members and Girish Bapat, Devendra Fadnavis and Narendra Modi on the victory today,” said Kale. 

Echoing similar sentiments, Yogesh Gogawale, BJP's City Unit Chief said the performance politics has won. 

“In the last five years, the government has proven the performance politics and strong governance is the prime agenda of the party. And so this time also, the voters have placed their faith in us and hence we have won,” said Gogawale. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Kalpana Purandhare and Gauri Karanjkar, two BJP supporters at the party office said they were hoping for the victory from the start. 

“Now we want Raj Thackeray to make videos and take public rallies. The voters have given their verdict today. Despite many in the opposition party leaders spreading lies about Narendra Modi,” said the supporters. 
Speaking to Sakal Times, Sanjay Gade, a member of the NCP said the party did its best. However, more efforts were needed and next time they will work with full force. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Vandana Chavan from NCP said that the result is the mandate of the people of India and hence she honoured it. "However it bothers me as people have got swayed inspite of the Modi government having failed to keep their promises and not paid heed to providing jobs and work to the youth," she claimed. 

"The condition of the farmers and marginalised communities of our country at present is pathetic. The mandate creates a fear in my mind considering the disrespect seen in past five years in upholding the social fabric of our country. I pray that the basic tenets of our Constitution and values are fully respected and that every India feels looked after and secure,” said Chavan. 

'End of democracy' 
Speaking to Sakal Times, Congress candidate from Pune Lok Sabha constituency Mohan Joshi claimed it's the end of democracy. Joshi said his polling agents raised several objections throughout the counting process. He said, "Several EVMs were showing 100 per cent battery charge. How is this possible when we know that these machines were used for voting purpose on the entire day on the voting day?" 

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