PUNE: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance winning fewer seats than expected in the Assembly polls this time, the demand for sweets in Pune has also gone down and is very low.
Not expecting low-key celebrations by the BJP, sweet shops had already kept pedhas with lotus imprints (popular during Lok Sabha) ready, however, no one came to purchase the sweets.
“After the Lok Sabha elections, when we had sold a lot of mithai to party workers as well as citizens. We were hoping to make a similar kind of business this time as well. However, it looks like the Assembly polls results have dampened everyone’s spirit. We did not even get any pre-orders this time,” said Indraneel Chitale of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale.
“The lotus imprinted pedhas also did not have any takers,” he added.
Echoing the same, Sameer Gadve of Kaka Halwai said, “The sale of sweets this time is nothing like it was at the time of Lok Sabha elections. People have bought mithai, but the sale is just as usual, nothing special.”
While continuous rainfall in the city has also affected the celebrations, Anant Parekh of Bhavnagari Sweets said that more than rain, it was the unhappiness of the party members that has dampened the celebrations.
“I think rainfall has had an effect on the victory celebrations. However, it is mostly because the outcome was expected. Our shop is in the area that is politically quite active, however, I did not see any celebrations until late in the evening,” Parekh added.