Kothrud helped Bapat get record-breaking margin

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 26 May 2019

 Kasba and Kothrud are known as the stronghold of BJP. However, Bapat got the maximum lead in only Kothrud assembly constituency

Pune: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Girish Bapat won Pune Lok Sabha seat by defeating Congress candidate Mohan Joshi with a record-breaking margin of 3,24,628 votes. It is more than Anil Shirole’s margin which he got in 2014 Lok Sabha election. BJP has a vote share of 61.13 per cent, which was 57.37 per cent in 2014 polls. Bapat has got the only minimum lead in Pune Cantonment as compared to 2014 polls and it is 12,733 votes. 

Pune Lok Sabha constituency included six assembly constituencies, Wadgaon Sheri, Kasba, Kothrud, Pune Cantonment, Parvati and Shivajinagar. Bapat got lead in Wadgaon Sheri and Kothrud constituencies as compared to other assembly constituencies and the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Wadgaon Sheri has maximum voters among six constituencies. Therefore, it has played a major role to boost margin of Bapat. In 2014, Shirole got the 42,408-vote lead in Wadgaon Sheri.

While this LS election  Bapat has got lead of 56,821 votes.  Kasba and Kothrud are known as the stronghold of BJP. However, Bapat got the maximum lead in only Kothrud assembly constituency so far. 

In Kothrud, Bapat got lead of 1,06,196 votes whereas Shirole had received lead of 91,389 votes in 2014. Congress city unit President, Ramesh Bagwe said, “It was a doubtful election. It is a pre-planned strategy of BJP. Therefore, we didn’t get a response even in our bastions like Pune cantonment, Parvati and Wadgaon Sheri. Another factor which has affected our votes in three constituencies is Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA).”

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Anil Shirole of BJP won in the Pune seat by defeating Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam by a margin of 3,15,769 votes which was 31.79 per cent of the total votes polled in the constituency. BJP had a vote share of 57.37 per cent in 2014. There were a total of 29 contestants in 2014. However, there were 31 
contestants in 2019. 

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