It Can’t Get Worse: NCP4,Congress2
MNS and AAP fail to open account in the state
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena and its allies made a clean swee p in Maharashtra, delivering its biggest blow ever to the UPA in a state that’s known to be a Congress bastion.
FromMumbaitothetribaldistrictof Nandurbar,andfromthesugarbeltof Sangli to the Vidarbha region, the saffron alliance decimated the CongressNationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine, reducing the UPA’s tally to a single digit in the 48-seat contest. The NCP won 4 seats, while the Congress just 2. The BJP walked home with 23, with its ally pulling in 18.
Some of the senior-most UPA leaders, including Union ministers such as Sushilkumar Shinde, Milind Deora, Praful Patel, as well as ministers holding important Cabinet portfolios in the state government, including Chhagan Bhujbal and Sunil Tatkare, lost out to relatively lesser known BJP and Sena candidates.
UPA heavyweights fell like ninepins in the state -- Shinde, Patel, Priya Dutt, MilindDeora,GurudasKamat,Sanjay Nirupam, all fell by the wayside. The onlyconsolationtotheCongresscame from Nanded, where former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan -- under scanner for his alleged role in the Adarsh scam -- sailed through.
Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party too didn’t make any impact, and failed to even open their account.
The state BJP pointed out that the Congress leadership should take responsibility for the debacle, and demanded the resignation of its Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. “I think the people of Maharashtra have voted overwhelmingly against the Congress and NCP. CM Chavan should take moral responsibility and resign. The state government should be dismissed and assembly elections should be called,” said BJP state president Devendra Phadanvis.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar acknowledged that this was an unprecedented verdict against the UPA in Maharashtra. “I congratulate Narendra Modi for this victory. The numbers that NDA has got will provide a stable gover nment, which is the positive side for this polls,” said Pawar.