Maharashtra Elections 2019: Harshvardhan Patil trails in Indapur

Pune: Ex- Congress party member Harshavardhan Patil, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Maharashtra Assembly polls, is trailing from his stronghold in the Indapur Assembly segment in Pune district.

Mr. Patil's rival, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)'s Dattatrey Bharne, has secured a lead of more than 12,000 votes.

Mr. Patil had joined the BJP last month amid acrimony with Sharad Pawar's NCP after the latter party was disinclined to support him for the candidacy of the Indapur seat by dropping Mr. Bharne, their sitting MLA.

Mr Patil, a four-time MLA from Indapur and former State cabinet minister, had lost by a slender margin to Mr. Bharne in the 2014 Assembly election when the Congress and the NCP had contested separately.

Despite this, Mr. Patil had supported NCP Member of Parliament Supriya Sule, Mr Pawar’s daughter, to ensure her victory from the Baramati Lok Sabha seat in the hope that the NCP would back his candidacy in the upcoming Assembly poll for the Indapur Assembly segment, which forms a crucial part of the Baramati Lok Sabha seat.

However, the NCP’s disinclination to cut the ticket of their sitting MLA (Mr. Bharne) and support Mr. Patil’s candidacy had rankled Mr Patil, who, in a public meeting of his supporters had lashed out against the NCP’s ‘duplicity’.

In the event of a loss here, Mr. Patil could well find himself in the political wilderness and helpless against the NCP's growing hold over Indapur.

Related Topics
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Mar 3, 2021 12:40:47 PM |

Next Story