Ganar retains Nagpur division Teachers’ Constituency seat

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Feb 2017 11:18:12

Principal Correspondent,

Retaining the Nagpur Division Teachers’ Constituency seat of Maharashtra Legislative Council, BJP-supported candidate Nago Ganar defeated his nearest rival Rajendra Zade in second preference votes. Ganar got re-elected as MLC for the second consecutive term from the constituency.

The counting for the election held on February 3, and re-polling at a booth conducted on Monday, started under the leadership of Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, on Tuesday morning at St Ursula Girls’ High School.
At the end of the first round, BJP-supported Nago Ganar was ahead of his closest rival Zade by 2,473 votes. Ganar secured 4,960 votes while Zade secured 2,487 votes, Anandrao Karemore polled 2,043 votes, and Anil Shinde got 1,507 votes. Ganar’s lead continued to increase till the third round.
At the end of the third round of counting, there were 10,032 votes in the kitty of Ganar and he was much ahead of his nearest rival Rajendra Zade (5,276), and Anandrao Karemore (4,490).

When the counting started, the winning candidate was supposed to complete the quota of 14,000 votes. Since no candidate could complete the quota, Anoop Kumar fixed the quota at 13,860 votes, through second preferece votes. The elimination round started by 6 pm and one-by-one candidates got eliminated in descending order of votes earned by them. The second preference votes of candidates getting eliminated were transfered to the other candidates. In this process, too, Ganar earned a good number of votes.

After the elimination of sixth candidate, Ganar’s vote-tally was 10,218 while that of Anil Shinde was 3,037 and Rajendra Zade was 5,419, and Anandrao Karemore was 4,568. Till 9.15 pm, the position was such that Ganar was in need of over 3,500 votes while the others were supposed to secure more than 6,000 votes, which seemed impossible.

Soon after the initial rounds, BJP workers and supporters of Ganar started celebrating his lead. They greeted Ganar with garlands and raised slogans. While talking to mediapersons, Nago Ganar said that he was confident of his victory and would fight to resolve the issues of teachers on the floor of the Legislative Council.
After the elimination of 13th candidate, Ganar was still leading by securing 10,911 votes but it did not complete the quota of 13,860 votes. The counting for second preference votes continued till late night.