Did Turncoats really hurt BJP in Maharashtra ?

Did Turncoats really hurt BJP in Maharashtra ?
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Before the Maharashtra election, several leaders had joined the BJP. A common theory is floating that these turncoats lost in a big way bringing the BJP tally down. This is mostly BJP supporters projecting own views on the results. However, BJP did turncoats really hurt BJP in Maharashtra.

Let us analyze how the turncoats fared for BJP in Maharashtra Election.

Assembly
Seat
Lok Sabha
Name
2014
Margin
2019
Margin
Shirpur
Nandurbar
Kashiram Pawara
25000
votes
49000
votes
Kankavali
Ratnagiri Sindhudurg
Nitesh Rana
26000
votes
28000
votes
Satara
Satara
Shivendraraje
Bhosle
48000
votes
43000
votes
Wadala
Mumbai (SC)
Kalidas
Kolambkar
800
votes
31000
votes
Osmanabad
Osmanabad
Rana
Jagjitsinha
11000
votes
13000
votes
Colaba
Mumbai South
Rahul
Narwekar
24000
votes
16000
votes
Airoli
Thane
Ganesh Naik
9000
votes
78000
votes
Shirdi
Shirdi
Radhakrisha
Vikhe Patil
75000
votes
87000
votes
Man
Madha
Jayakumar
Gore
23000
votes
3000
votes
Kaij
Beed
Namita
Mundada
 
33000
votes
Kalyan
East
Thane
Ganpat
Gaikwad
700
votes
12000
votes
Guhagarh
Raigad
Bhaskar
Jadav
33000
votes
26000
votes

It must be noted that out of 18 imported candidates by BJP, 12 won. The turncoats who lost on BJP ticket are:

* Akole (Shirdi): Vaibhav Pichad * Indapur (Baramati): Harshvardhan Patil * Gondia (Bhandara Gondia): Gopaldas Agarwal * Bhokar (Nanded): Bapusaheb Gorthekar * Wai (Satara): Madan Bhosale * Nawapur (Nandurbar): Bharat Gavit 

Outcome

The ‘incoming’ candidates losing has caught on mainly due to the loss of the Satara Lok Sabha, where Udayanraje could not hold on to this seat which he had earlier won as a NCP candidate. Added to it, the loss of Alpesh Thakore, former Congress leader also created a belief in the minds of BJP supporters that the turncoats did damage BJP in Maharashtra. However, if data is analysed the turncoats have more or less benefited after joining BJP.

By Aashish Chandorkar

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