Maharashtra Assembly election results: All you need to know

AAP fails to open account

AAP’s Preeti Sharma Menon said she was crushed by the defeat of activist Paromita Goswami.

AAP’s Preeti Sharma Menon said she was crushed by the defeat of activist Paromita Goswami.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

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Party loses deposit in all seats it contested

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) failed to make a mark in the Assembly elections, with candidates losing their deposits in all 24 seats that the party had contested.

Most of the candidates barely managed to secure 1,000 votes. Among the better performers were social worker-turned-politician Dr. Abu Altamash Faizi, who secured 30,520 votes, and activist Paromita Goswami, who stood from Bramhapuri constituency and managed to win 3,596 votes.

Preeti Sharma Menon, AAP national executive member, said, “We were not expecting to win at this stage. This was just the beginning and we contested to build our organisation and prepare to fight the upcoming zilla parishad and municipal corporation elections. We would have been happier if the results were better. But it is a start.”

Ms. Menon said she was crushed by Ms. Goswami’s defeat. She said, “She has a tremendous body of work on the ground. I do see her emerging as a State-level leader and her insights will help AAP in a very big way.”

Kusumakar Kaushik, Dhananjay Shinde, Kishore Mandhyan and Ruben Mascarenhas of the AAP.

Kusumakar Kaushik, Dhananjay Shinde, Kishore Mandhyan and Ruben Mascarenhas of the AAP.   | Photo Credit: Prashant Nakwe

Ms. Goswami has worked for tribal rights and women empowerment in Chandrapur for the last several years. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal had travelled to Chandrapur to campaign for Ms. Goswami. The Brahmapuri seat was won by Vijay Wadettiwar of the Congress by a margin of 18,549 votes. He was trailed by Shiv Sena’s Sandeep Wamanrao Gaddamwar.

In Pune’s Kothrud, AAP candidate and health activist Dr. Abhijit More secured 1,380 votes. The seat was won by BJP State chief Chandrakant Patil, who won 1,05,246 votes. The AAP had fielded tribal rights activist Vitthal Lad in Jogeshwari Wast. He only secured 3,857 votes. The seat was won by Sena’s Ravindra Waikar, who garnered 90,654 votes.

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