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