Peaceful counting in Pune

Prajakta Joshi
Friday, 24 May 2019

“Pune counting is 100 per cent perfect. It’s only taking a long time, as we are following all the procedures,” the collector who was also the Returning Officer for Pune constituency said while speaking to media on Thursday. 

PUNE: While the party activists in Pune were impatient over the delay in the result of the constituency, the celebrations by the cheering supporters of the winning candidates of Baramati, Shirur and Maval constituencies had begun at the counting centres in the city since Thursday afternoon.

There were two counting centres in Pune. While the counting for the Pune and Baramati constituencies was carried out at the Food Corporation of India (FCI) Godown in Koregaon Park, the counting for Maval and Shirur constituencies was held at Balewadi stadium.

One of the major features of the counting at all the four constituencies in Pune was that the candidate that took lead at the beginning of the counting continued to lead till the end, with relatively huge margins.

Although it had been quite clear since the initial rounds itself that the winning candidate in Pune would be Girish Bapat of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the counting in the constituency was much slower than the others. While the several objections by the Congress candidate Mohan Joshi were said to be the reason behind the delay, Pune Collector Naval Kishor Ram had denied this.

“Pune counting is 100 per cent perfect. It’s only taking a long time, as we are following all the procedures,” the collector who was also the Returning Officer for Pune constituency said while speaking to media on Thursday. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, an anonymous source from the Election Commission at Koregaon Park counting centre said, “For Pune counting, we have been following the procedure very accurately, wherein, we were not allowed to begin with the counting of the next round, until the complete tallying, tabulation and declaration of the results of the prior round was completed. This was not followed very strictly at the other constituencies.”

However, no matter the delay, the celebrations by the supporters of Bapat, as well as Supriya Sule of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) (Baramati) had begun since they took lead at the counting centre in Koregaon Park. As they waited patiently at the centre, the supporters had begun playing ‘gulal’ as well as dancing in support of their winning candidates.

The celebrations at the counting centre at Balewadi Stadium also took place in a controlled and lawful environment. “The situation at the centre was calm throughout and there was no chaos as far as law and order situation was concerned. The excitement spiked only after the winning candidates Dr Amol Kolhe of NCP (Shirur) and Shrirang Barne of Shiv Sena (Maval) visited the counting centres. The counting was quite fast too,” an official of Election Commission at Balewadi counting centre said on condition of anonymity.

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