Ahmednagar and Shirdi go to polls tomorrow
Nearly 31,54,387 lakh voters are expected to decide the fate of 27 candidates in two seats of Ahmednagar and Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency.
Of the total 27 candidates, 14 are in the fray from Shirdi LS constituency, and 13 from Ahmednagar LS constituency.
Campaigning in Ahmednagar and Shirdi constituencies ended last evening, for polls that will be held in these constituencies tommorow, April 17, 2014.
There are a total of 16,95,265 voters, including 7,99,248 females in Ahmednagar constituency.
As many as 8,869 employees have been appointed to man a total of 1,946 polling centres -- 28 of them declared as critical and 17 declared very sensitive (vulnerable).
In Ahmednagar LS constituency, there are a total of 13 candidates, including Kakade Kisan Yeshwant (BSP), sitting MP Gandhi Dilipkumar Mansuklal (BJP), Raju Appasaheb Rajole (NCP), Ajay Sahebrao Baraskar (Bahujan Mukti Party), Damale Shivajirao Waman (Bharatiya Navjawan), Deepali Sayyad (AAP), Popat Manik fule (Maharashtra Parivartan Sena) and other six independents candidates, who are in the fray.
It is expected to be a multi-cornered fight, with the main battle being between sitting and alliance candidate Dilipkumar Gandhi (BJP), Kakde Kisan (BSP), Rajiv Appasaheb Rajle (NCP) and Deepali Sayyad (AAP).
In the 2004 LS polls, NCP candidate Gadakh Tukaram won the Ahmednagar seat and defeated BJP candidate NS Pharande by a margin of 75,077 votes.
But in the 2009 election, BJP candidate Gandhi Dilipkumar won the seat and defeated NCP candidate Kardile Shivaji by a margin of 46,737 votes.
In Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency, there are total 14 candidates in the fray from Congress, Shiv Sena, BSP, and
AAP, while nine other candidates, including five independent candidates, are also contesting the election.
There are a total of 14,59,122 voters, which include 7,66,015 men and 6,93,106 women.
Polling will be held tomorrow at a total 1,635 polling centres, of which 18 are declared critical and 4 declared vulnerable centres.
About 7,477 employees have been appointed on polling duty tomorrow.
The 14 candidates in fray include, sitting MP Bhausaheb Rajaram Waghchoure (INC), Ad Mahendra Shinde (BSP), Lokhande Sadashiv Kisan (Shiv Sena), Nitin Navnath Udmale (AAP), Pawar Vijay (Lokparty of India), Raghunath Ramji Makasare (Bharif Bahujan Mahasangh), Sarode Popat Rambhau (Lokbharti), Santosh Madhukar Roham (Bahujan Mukti party).
Gholap Sandeep, Balasaheb Bagul, Wagh Gangadhar Radhaji, Shende Ravindra, and Sayaji Shankar Kharat all six independent canditates are also in the fray.
The multi-corner fight is expected between INC, Shiv Sena and BSP candidates.
Congress party candidate and sitting MP Bhausaheb Waghchoure is former executive officer of the Shirdi temple trust. He joined the Shiv Sena in 2008, and contested the Shirdi LS seat in 2009 on Sena ticket.
In 2009 election Bhahusaheb Waghchoure won the election and defeated RPI candidate Ramdas Athavale by margin of 1,32,751 votes. Congress and NCP had then supported Mr Athavale.
Three months before the elections, Mr Waghchoure resigned from Shiv Sena and joined Congress, which gave him the ticket from Shirdi constituency.
Shiv Sena candidate Lokhande Sadashiv Kisan and BSP candidate Adv. Mahendra Shinde challenged sitting MP Mr Waghchoure.
Sena declared Sadashiv as their candidate just a day before filing the nomination papers. They had earlier announced MLA Baban Gholap as their candidate from Shirdi, but Gholap and his wife were convicted and sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by the High Court in a disproportionate assets case.
Yougesh Gholap, son of Deolali MLA Baban Gholap, had also filed his nomination as a rebel candidate against the Shiv Sena from Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency, but withdrew his nomination.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, BJP leader Narendra Modi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and other prominent leaders of various political parties were campaigning for their candidates.
(Posted on 16-04-2014)