Bhandara-Gondiya Bypolls: BJP’s Battle for Glory
After the Karnataka polls, bypolls in Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondia on 28 May are a second litmus test for the BJP.
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After the Karnataka elections, the bypolls in Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondia on 28 May are a second litmus test for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The results of the bypolls in Ajmer, Alwar and Gorakhpur-Phulpur have not been fruitful for the BJP.
The Bhandara-Gondia seat of Maharashtra was vacant after the resignation of BJP’s Nana Patole who later joined the Congress. NCP candidate Madhukar Kukade and Hemant Patel of the BJP will battle it out in the region.
The BJP does not want to leave any stone unturned to win Bhandara-Gondia and has fielded its former MLA Hemant Patel.
Patel belongs to the Powar community which has a strong hold in Bhandara-Gondia. He has been campaigning here in the name of PM Modi and CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Congress, NCP Join Hands
On the other hand, the Congress and the NCP have joined hands to take on the BJP. They are confident of benefitting from the alliance of Nana Patole and NCP's Praful Patel. Hemant Patel has been targeting the BJP government’s ‘fake’ promises and ‘unfulfilled’ policies to win votes.
The Congress-NCP claim that the anger in the public against the Modi government will benefit them.
The big challenge before the NCP-Congress are candidates from regional parties who are believed to share votes.
People from 12 villages have boycotted the elections. Villagers claim that they have been demanding basic amenities like drinking water for a long time, but politicians have taken their demands seriously and have decided to not vote in the by-election.
The biggest challenge for the political parties will be to bring the voters to the polling station.
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