Ni­langekar fails BJP, leaves it high & dry

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

paint Cha­van as ‘Ra­van’ at the first cam­paign rally and di­vide par­ties did not go well with vot­ers. Fur­ther, BJP failed to cash in on two poll ral­lies ad­dressed by Fad­navis in which he sought ma­jor­ity to trans­form Nanded.

This apart, Ni­langekar made all out ef­forts to reach out to the Congress’ tra­di­tional vote bank in­clud­ing Mus­lims and mi­nori­ties which helped BJP to in­crease its vote share to 24.64 per cent from 3.81 per cent it re­ceived in 2012 elec­tion.

“This helped the BJP to emerge as num­ber two in sev­eral seats, but was not able to con­vert it in to seats. Congress mus­tered sup­port from Mus­lim com­mu­nity which had voted for MIM in last elec­tion. More im­por­tantly, Cha­van’s emo­tional ap­peal is be­lieved to have worked in favour of the Congress. In ad­di­tion to this, Shiv Sena’s de­ci­sion to go solo and cam­paign by Ud­dhav Thack­eray and Ram­das Kadam cost BJP in at least 28 seats,’’ ad­mits Ni­langekar.

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