Nilangekar fails BJP, leaves it high & dry
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.