Mahadik got more votes than Raut, mocks Fadnavis
June 11, 2022  11:18
With the Bharatiya Janata Party winning all three Rajya Sabha seats it contested in Maharashtra, senior party leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said it was a "convincing" victory and attributed it to meticulous planning as well as team work. 

Speaking to reporters at the Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai, Fadnavis also took a dig at Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, who was one of the candidates in the fray, saying that BJP's Dhananjay Mahadik secured more votes than him. 

The BJP had fielded three candidates out of the total six Rajya Sabha seats that went to polls on Friday. BJP candidates -- Union minister Piyush Goyal, former state minister Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik -- won the fiercely-fought elections, while Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, NCP's Praful Patel and Congress' Imran Pratapgarhi also came out victorious. 

The contest was for the sixth seat -- between BJP's Mahadik and Sena's Pawar, who lost. 

Mahadik and Pawar hail from Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. 

"It is a convincing victory for the BJP and it is not just adding up of numbers. Had even (jailed NCP leader and Maharashtra minister) Nawab Malik been allowed to cast his vote in the election and even if Sena had not lost one of its votes, the BJP would have still won the third seat," he said. 

Hitting out at Raut and his tirade against the BJP, Fadnavis said, "The situation of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi is so bad that BJP's third candidate secured more votes (41.56) than MVA's first candidate Sanjay Raut (41). BJP's two other candidates already secured 48 votes each." -- PTI
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