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Dhas bags Osmanabad local authorities seat for BJP

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

Poll victory alters numbers in Council

Former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader imported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Suresh Dhas, helped the BJP wrest the Osmanabad-Latur-Beed local authorities constituency from the NCP.

Dhas defeated his lone NCP supported Independent rival Ashok Jagdale by a margin of 76 votes. The defeat is being seen as a setback for NCPs leader of opposition in legislative council, Dhananjay Munde, with his estranged cousin sister, BJPs Minister for Rural Development, Pankaja Munde, ensuring victory despite lacking the numbers.

Dhas polled 527 votes as against Jagdale's 451, with 25 votes being declared as invalid. Out of the total 1,005 voters, 1,003 had cast their vote. However, with 25 votes being declared invalid, the actual total votes cast was 978 and the quota of votes required to win was 490 votes.

What is intriguing is that out of the total 1,005 votes, the BJP and Sena alone put together had just 367 votes. Whereas the NCP and Congress alone together had 527 votes, with MIM and others having 92 votes. Dhas alone got 527 votes, whereas Jagdale got 451 votes.  A clear indication that 76 corporators had cross-voted in favour of Dhas.

Dhas, while reacting to his victory, remarked “some wearing the watch on their hands had cross-voted for him” (indicating that some Congress (Hand symbol), NCP (Watch symbol had voted for him. Taking a sarcastic swipe at NCPs leader of opposition in legislative council, Dhananjay Munde, he further remarked “after all a father (Dhas) is a father to a son (Dhananjay)”.

However, the NCP leader of opposition, Dhananjay Munde, alleged that the BJP had used all possible means and the government machinery to ensure their victory.

Counting of votes for the  Osmanabad-Latur-Beed local authorities constituency was deferred due to a court case in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. The HC bench yesterday dismissed the petition challenging the dismissal of some corporators from Beed district and paving the way for counting of votes and declaration of the results.

The counting of votes for the other five local authorities seats for Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Nashik, Parbhani-Hingoli, Amravati and Wardha-Gadchiroli-Chandrapur seats was held on May 24.

Out of these BJP had bagged the Wardha-Gadchiroli-Chandrapur and Amravati, Sena had won Nashik and Parbhani-Hingoli seats and the NCP had won the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat.

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