Kolhapur: The politics in Maharashtra revolves around the sugar industry, and hardly any political party stays away from it. In the Maharashtra assembly election 2019, around 69 sugar millers were in the fray to contest the polls. Out of which 44 candidates registered the victory with Congress-NCP alliance leading on a majority of the seats, as per the result declared on Thursday.
The ruling party BJP- Shiv Sena alliance had fielded 33 sugar millers to contest the poll, whereas 31 millers contested from NCP-Congress ticket. Five millers also tried their luck from other parties.
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates may have performed well in the state, but millers from the party failed to retain their seats and registered win only on 13 constituencies out of 33. In contrast, Congress-NCP performance is applaudable considering 2014 assembly election results. Their millers’ candidates won 26 seats out of 31. All five candidates from other parties won the election by defeating their rivals.
Congress-NCP had ruled Maharashtra by keeping a hold on the sugar mills. Later with the changing scenario, BJP-Shiv Sena had made inroads in their bastion. But now, with this election result, it seems Congress and NCP will try to make their presence broadly in the sugar industry in Maharashtra.
As sugarcane farmers are the major vote banks in the state, millers left no stone unturned to woo them. NCP chief Sharad Pawar had criticized the government for its policy on sugarcane, which is considered the lifeline of western Maharashtra. And this magic worked for his party.
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had set an aim for itself of winning more than 220 seats out of the total 288, but it failed to achieve the target and restricted up to 161 seats only, 24 less than 2014 assembly election. NCP-Congress alliance scored well overall. Parties won 98 seats, 15 more than 2014 election.
Names of winning millers candidates of BJP, Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP, and others:
Ambegaon: Dilip Dattatray Walse Patil (NCP)
Khed Alandi: Dilip Dattatray Mohite (NCP)
Daund: Rahul Subhashrao Kul (BJP)
Baramati: Ajit Aanantrao Pawar (NCP)
Bhor: Sangram Anantrao Thopte (Congress)
Ichalkaranji: Prakashanna Awade (Independent)
Karvir: P. N. Patil (Sadolikar) (Congress)
Kagal: Mushrif Hasan Miyalal (NCP)
Kolhapur South: Ruturaj Sanjay Patil (Congress)
Shirol: Rajendra Shamgonda Patil Yadravkar (Independent)
Hatkanangle (SC): Awale Raju (Baba) Jaywantrao (Congress)
Shahuwadi: Dr. Vinay Vilasrao Kore (Savkar) (Jan Surajya Shakti)
Islampur: Jayant Rajaram Patil (Congress)
Palus-Kadegaon: Kadam Vishwajeet Patangrao (Congress)
Shirala: Mansing Fattesingrao Naik (NCP)
Karad North: Balasaheb Urf Shamrao Pandurang Patil (Congress)
Patan: Desai Shambhuraj Shivajirao (Shiv Sena)
Satara city: Bhonsle Shivendrasinh Abhaysinhraje (BJP)
Kalmala: Sanjaymama Vitthalrao Shinde (Independent) – Supported by NCP
Pandharpur: Bhalake Bharat Tukaram (NCP)
Barshi: Rajendra Vitthal Raut (Independent)
Madha: Shinde Babanrao Vitthalrao (NCP)
Solapur South: Deshmukh Subhash Sureshchandra (BJP)
Karjat Jamkhed: Rohit Pawar (NCP)
Kopargaon: Aashutosh Ashokrao Kale (NCP)
Nevasa: Shankarrao Shavantrao Gadakh (KTSP)
Rahuri: Prajakt Prasadrao Tanpure (NCP)
Shirdi: Vikhe Patil Radhakrishna Eknathrao (BJP)
Shevgaon: Monica Rajeev Rajale (BJP)
Shrigonda: Pachpute Babanrao Bhikaji (BJP)
Sangamner: Vijay Alias Balasaheb Bhausaheb Thorat (Congress)
Parner: Nilesh Dnyandev Lanke (NCP)
Yevla: Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP)
Sakoli: Nanabhau Falgunrao Patole (Congress)
Phulambri: Bagde Haribhau Kisanrao (BJP)
Gangakhed: Ratnakar Manikrao Gutte (Rashtriya Samaj Paksha) Supported by BJP
Partur: Babanrao (BJP)
Ghansawangi: Rajeshbhaiyya Tope (NCP)
Tuljapur: Ranajagjitsinha Padmasinha Patil (BJP)
Paranda: Tanaji Jaywant Sawant (Shiv Sena)
Bhokar: Ashokrao Shankarrao Chavan (Congress)
Nilanga: Nilangekar Sambhaji Diliprao Patil (BJP)
Latur Rural: Dhiraj Vilasrao Deshmukh (Congress)
Latur City: Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh (Congress)
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