Pune Lok Sabha Constituency: Voting Date, Major Parties, Candidates- From Murlidhar Mohol to Ravindra Dhangekar, Get the Full Scoop

Pune Lok Sabha Constituency: Voting Date, Major Parties, Candidates- From Murlidhar Mohol to Ravindra Dhangekar, Get the Full Scoop

Pune Lok Sabha constituency is scheduled to go to polls in May this year. The voting date is May 7 (Phase 3), and the results will be announced on June 4.

Aakash SinghUpdated: Monday, March 25, 2024, 04:50 PM IST
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Pune Lok Sabha Constituency: Voting Date, Major Parties, Candidates- From Murlidhar Mohol to Ravindra Dhangekar, Get the Full Scoop |

Pune Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 48 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies in Maharashtra. The total number of voters in the Pune parliamentary seat is approximately 2,075,824 as per the 2019 Lok Sabha Election statistics. The voter turnout at the Pune parliamentary seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha Election was 49.89%.

Date:

Pune Lok Sabha constituency is scheduled to go to polls in May this year. The voting date is May 7 (Phase 3), and the results will be announced on June 4.

Returning Officer:

Dr Suhas Diwase, (IAS) District Collector and DEO

District Collector Office, C Wing, 5th Floor, Near Sasoon Hospital, Pune

Constituency Details:

The Pune Lok Sabha constituency encompasses six Assembly segments. These include Vadgaon Sheri, represented by NCP (AP)'s Sunil Tingre, Shivajinagar, held by BJP's Siddharth Shirole, Kothrud, with Chandrakant Patil from BJP serving as the MLA, Parvati, represented by BJP's Madhuri Misal, Pune Cantonment, where BJP's Sunil Kamble holds office, and Kasba Peth, represented by Dhangekar himself.

The maximum number of voters are in Vadgaon Sheri (452,628), followed by Kothrud (401,419), Parvati (334,136), Shivajinagar (272,798), and Cantonment (269,588).

Ravindra Dhangekar:

A former member of the Shiv Sena, Ravindra Dhangekar entered politics inspired by the speeches of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. He was a Raj Thackeray loyalist and later joined him in the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Dhangekar contested civic elections for the first time in 1997 and emerged victorious. Subsequently, he served as a corporator five times until 2022.

As an MNS candidate, Dhangekar made significant strides in Kasba Peth during the 2009 Assembly elections, where he gave tough competition to the then-incumbent legislator, Girish Bapat of the BJP, losing by just over 8,000 votes. Despite facing defeat, Dhangekar contested against Bapat once again in the 2014 Assembly polls, albeit succumbing to the Modi wave.

In 2017, feeling marginalized within the MNS, Dhangekar switched allegiance to the Congress after his attempts to join the BJP were unsuccessful. That year, he contested as an Independent in the Pune civic polls with Congress support, defeating BJP heavyweight Ganesh Bidkar.

Dhangekar gained prominence in 2022 when he achieved an unexpected victory in the Kasba Peth by-polls, a stronghold of the BJP.

Murlidhar Mohol:

Murlidhar Mohol was selected by the BJP over other contenders such as the party’s former city unit chief Jagdish Mulik and RSS functionary Sunil Deodhar.

At 50 years old, Mohol represents a Maratha face for the BJP. A former city mayor, he has served as a corporator in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) four times.

Hailing from Mulshi, Mohol’s father migrated to the city with his family in search of job opportunities and education for his children.

Mohol, a graduate, also practiced wrestling in Pune and Kolhapur. At the age of 12, he attended shakhas organized by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). By 1996, he entered the political arena and became the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha chief for Pune.

In 2002, Mohol contested PMC elections and became a corporator for the first time. His proximity to the late BJP leader Gopinath Munde helped him secure a nomination from Kothrud. Currently, he is known to have close ties with Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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