Straight fight between Shiv Sena & Congress in Hingoli LS seat
The Hingoli Lok Sabha constituency, carved out of three districts namely Hingoli, Nanded (both in Marathwada) and Yeotmal (Vidarbha) will witness a straight fight between sitting Shiv Sena MP Subhash Wankhede and Congress nominee Rajiv Satav in general elections to be held on April 17.
Though there are total 23 candidates in the race this time, the main contest will be between Mr Wankhede and Mr Satav. However, they won't have an easy run as the new comer Aam Aadmi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party candidates may dent into their vote bank.
Created in 1977, the Hingoli LS constituency consists of six assembly segments viz Umarkhed, Kinwat, Hadgaon, Basmath, Kalamnuri and Hingoli. Of them, the Congress has four seats and its ally Nationalist Congress Party two.
The constituency is mainly dominated by Banjaras, Adivasis, people belonging to NT category, OBCs and Marathas, who will decide the political fortunes of the contestants.
Mr Wankhede belongs to the Maratha community, while Mr Satav hails from Mali community.
The electorate of this constituency has given their mandate in equal measure to both the Congress and Shiv Sena, four times each. While, to the NCP and Bharatiya Janata Party for one time each in all the previous LS elections.
The Hingoli LS seat, which was with NCP since the year 2004, was given to the Congress this time during the seat-sharing talks between the two allied partners, following which, the Congress decided to field party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's close friend and All India Youth Congress president Rajiv Satav against the sitting Shiv Sena MP Subhash Wankhede.
Mr Wankhede had defeated NCP heavyweight Ms Suryakanta Patil by 73,000 votes in the 2009 LS election.
Mr Satav, who is at present an MLA from Kalamnuri, is the son of former MPCC president and former minister Rajni Satav.
However, the decision to allot the seat to Congress angered a section of local NCP leadership, particularly a group led by former MP Ms Patil. As a result, Mr Satav is facing resistance from various fronts specially from NCP.
There are total 15,85,043 electorate in the constituency, including 8,38,943 male voters, who are eligible to exercise their franchise in 1,873 polling centres, said sources in election commission here.
(Posted on 13-04-2014)