The Kasba meeting constituency has been a BJP stronghold for years. BJP leader Girish Bapat, now a MP from Pune Lok Sabha seat, had received the seat in each 2009 and 2014 meeting elections. For meeting elections this yr, BJP has fielded Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak from the seat and Congress has fielded senior corporator Arvind Shinde.
Corporator Ravindra Dhangekar, seen as a robust candidate, has determined to not contest the meeting elections.
Earlier, a member of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Dhangekar had given a tricky battle to Bapat within the 2009 and 2014 elections. Contesting the 2017 civic elections as an impartial candidate from a ward below Kasba constituency, he had managed to defeat BJP’s Ganesh Bidkar from a neighborhood ward. He has a robust community in Kasba constituency and his choice to not contest the elections is probably going to assist the BJP, mentioned sources.
Tilak, who has been a distinguished determine in metropolis politics because the mayor of Pune, is married to Shailesh Tilak, a fourth-generation descendant of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. These components are doubtless to provide her an edge over different candidates, mentioned BJP leaders. MNS has fielded the occasion’s metropolis unit leader Ajay Shinde from Kasba seat. But, over the previous few years, MNS has misplaced its grip over Kasba, with the occasion failing to win even a single ward right here within the 2017 civic elections.
The BJP additionally has its share of worries, because the occasion must cope with the disgruntled staff of its ally Shiv Sena, who’re sad about not being given a single seat to contest in Pune and are prone to hold their distance from Tilak’s marketing campaign. Sena leader and corporator Vishal Dhanawde has already rebelled and filed his nomination as an Independent candidate.
Another distinguished candidate is Yuvraj Bhujbal of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi. Kasba is dotted with slender lanes, crowded markets and residential areas, and has many aged wadas and historic locations akin to Shaniwar Wada and