The 2014 Maharashtra State Assembly Election Results has surely excited political experts with a tough tussle among the top parties to form the government. The Narendra Modi wave was expected to get BJP a record number of seats in this election, and as per trends it rightly did. But despite over a 100 seats (as per trends), BJP finds itself in a soup needing the help of another major party in the state – Shiv Sena, Congress or NCP to form the government. However, among the likely winners in this year’s elections, there have also been some shock defeats. Here is a look at the top 5 wins/losses in the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections so far
Narayan Rane: The Indian National Congress (INC) leader Narayan Rane became the first big name in this year Maharashtra Assembly election to face a shocking defeat. Contesting from Kudal, he lost to Shiv Sena’s Vaibhav Naik by over 9,000 votes. One of Prithviraj Chavan’s biggest critics, Rane had previously served as the Maharashtra chief minister when he was with Shiv Sena in the 1990s.
Prithviraj Chavan: Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan registered a massive win from Karad (south) defeating seven-time legislator and Congress rebel Vilaskaka Undalkar Patil. The anti-incumbency wave has hit Congress big time this election. Parting ways with NCP and taking digs at long-time allies hasn’t helped their image. However, the win will come as a huge relief.
Ajit Pawar: If Prithviraj Chavan won at Karad, his arch-rival from NCP Ajit pawar too followed up with a win soon from Baramati. Pawar had won from the same constituency thrice earlier and things went of easily on the election result day for the strongman of NCP. Rashtriya Samaj Paksha candidate Mahadeo Jankar offered some challenge, but Pawar comfortably registered his fourth consecutive assembly win from Baramati.
Abu Azmi: Maharashtra president of Samajwadi party Abu Azmi won yet another assembly election from Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar. This was his seventh win in the Maharashtra Assembly election. Azmi came under serious criticism following ill-statements against women and orthodox ideologies towards crime like rapes. Yet, the win proves that Azmi continues to enjoy the support of the people of his constituency.
Devendra Fadnavis: The BJP Maharashtra President Devendra Fadnavis, contesting from Nagpur North-West constituency won with the projection of a Clean Maharashtra campaign. NCP’s old timer Dilip Pankule too was also in the fray, but could do little to make Fadnavis swaet over his chances of winning the seat to the assembly.