Ni­langekar fails to re­peat magic, leaves Maha BJP high and dry

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI - sanjay.jog@dnain­ Sanjay Jog

Ma­ha­rash­tra’s Min­is­ter for Labour and the blue-eyed boy of Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, Samb­haji Patil-Ni­langekar, has failed to re­peat his ‘magic’ in Nanded-Waghela mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

The bit­terly fought elec­tion saw the BJP fail­ing to make any head­way from the two seats it won in 2012 polls, and end­ing up with a mea­gre six seats.

Ni­langekar, the grand­son of Con­gress vet­eran and for­mer CM Shiva­ji­rao Patil Ni­langekar, was cred­ited for BJP’s stel­lar per­for­mance in Latur zilla par­ishad and mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion polls. Ni­langekar’s per­for­mance in his home district made Fad­navis pick him to lead BJP’s cam­paign in the bas­tion of Ashok Cha­van, for­mer CM and state Con­gress chief, and wrest power in the 81-mem­ber civic body.

Ni­langekar camped there for over a month. He lured some dis­grun­tled Con­gress cor­po­ra­tors and lo­cal lead­ers and gave them party nom­i­na­tions. On top of it, he made Shiv Sena leg­is­la­tor Pratap Chikhlikar cam­paign for BJP notwith­stand­ing Sena’s crit­i­cism.

Ni­langekar’s move to paint Cha­van as ‘Ra­van’ 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.

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