The BJP has locked horns with the NCP for retaining Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seat for which by-elections are scheduled on May 28, unlike in Palghar where the state’s ruling party and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a direct contest.
Incidentally, Patle was the district chief of BJP ally Shiv Sena, who quit his party and was rewarded with the Lok Sabha bypoll ticket (by the BJP). He has been supported by another NDA ally Republican Party of India-A.
This time, BJP’s Hemant Patle is pitted against Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP’s) Madhukar Kukde, a former legislator, who is supported by the Congress, making it the main contest in the constituency with 18 others in the fray.
While Mr.Patle defeated Nana Patole in 2009, the situation was reversed in 2014 when Mr. Patole vanquished him as a BJP candidate during the “Modi wave”. Nana Patole is OBC leader, became the first BJP MP to criticize Prime Minister Narendra Modi openly before quitting the party and subsequently joined Congress, dealing a severe blow to the party.
But Resident of Gondia decided to boycott upcoming Lok Sabha election due to not getting the proper response over their demand of proper irrigation facilities. if their demand was not met, the Local organization ‘Bawanthadi Prakalp Sangharsh Samiti’ passed the resolution at Gram Sabha regarding boycotting every election including Bhandara-Gondia bypoll scheduled on May 28. The villages are Bhamnewada, Ganeshpur, Gobarwahi, Gudri, Heti, Khandal, Khairtola, Pavnarkheri, Sodhepur, Sundartola, Sitasawangi, and Yedarbuchi, with a combined population of around 30,000. This time the re election in Gondia is as difficult as Palghar election fOr Bhartiy janta party.
The BJP in January suffered another big loss when its respected sitting MP Chintaman Vanga of Palghar Lok Sabha constituency died suddenly due to a heart attack. His son joined the Shiv Sena and was given a party ticket.