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Karjat Municipal Council sees power swap after 15 years

Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance has managed to bring the power change in the Karjat Municipal Council after 15 years with a clear win of 10 seats out of 18. The alliance candidate Suvarna Joshi gave a tough challenge defeating Ad. Pratiksha Lad of NCP, the party that ruled over the past decade.

The counting had begun at 9 am on Monday morning after voting for this city council that took place on Sunday. In the elections, Shiv Sena won 6 seats, BJP won 4 seats and RPI secured 2 seats while NCP had to settle for 8 seats. 45 candidates were in the fray for the total 18 seats in the Karjat Municipal Council. It was found that during the counting of votes, the candidates of the alliance took the lead and it remained in force till the end. Initially, the lead with 1,200 votes went to 2,500 votes.

Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Appa Barne stated, “This election victory is the victory of the hard work done by the party workers. There are rumours going around about Sena-BJP tussle but there is no such brawl between the two parties. We have fought the election together and people have voted in favour of us as they were upset with the NCP governance. Our efforts to reach more close to the voters have been very fruitful; we went door to door and people chose us defeating NCP.”

“This win in the municipal council election has proved that the party still holds a strong position. Breaking the NCP’s 15 years rule has built confidence among the party workers and we will work harder for the elections ahead. Congress and NCP cannot break our force in Maharashtra.”

However, it is believed that the election for the Karjat Municipal Council was considered a prestige issue for NCP MLA Suresh Lad as there was a direct fight between his daughter Pratiksha Lad and Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI alliance candidate Suvarna Joshi. Earlier, Lad was caught up in a controversy of assaulting a government servant when he allegedly slapped the Deputy Collector (land acquisition) Abhay Kargutkar, reportedly after a disagreement over compensation to farmers for land acquisition. Later, in February 2018, the Metropolitan Magistrate court in Karjat had acquitted NCP MLA Suresh Lad of all charges after finding him not guilty as the prosecution failed to prove the case against him. Nonetheless, experts believe it as an obstacle for the NCP candidate for its defeat in the election.

NCP MLA Suresh Narayan Lad commented, “We accept the voter mandate against us and this defeat is not the end of our fight; we will work towards the welfare of the common man and will definitely win the upcoming state Assembly and general elections with a huge margin.”

Raigad Shiv Sena city president Suvarna Joshi took the lead by 2,100 votes and was elected as the president of Karjat Municipal Council. Ten candidates, including the candidate of Shiv Sena’s city president, have won in this election. In this election, Congress, NCP and opposition parties had strongly campaigned against the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena in the state, but the results showed that they did not succeed.

Significantly, NCP MLA Suresh Lad’s daughter Pratiksha Lad was directly appointed as the candidate for the post of District President. There are talks going on that will the voters’ once again indulge in ‘Lad’?

“We accept the voter mandate against us and this defeat is not the end of our fight; we will work towards the welfare of the common man and will definitely win the upcoming state Assembly and general elections with a huge margin.”

BJP MLA Pravin Darekar spoke to AV and asserted, “This win in the municipal council election has proved that the party still holds a strong position. Breaking the NCP’s 15 years rule has built confidence among the party workers and we will work harder for the elections ahead. Congress and NCP cannot break our force in Maharashtra.”

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