'Giant killer' Nilesh Lanke storms Vikhe-Patil fort | News from Pune

The celebrations have been going on ever since Ahmednagar elected Nilesh Lanke as the new Lok Sabha MP. Lanke, who is known as the 'giant killer' on social media, says his top priorities are to address concerns over onion and milk prices.

“My farmer brothers are angry. They want a solution to the onion crisis. The falling onion and milk prices are worrying and I will plan a protest rally if necessary,” Lanke told The Indian Express.

Onion farmers are angry over the fall in prices after the Narendra Modi-led government banned exports in December last year.

While the ban has since been lifted, a 40 percent tariff remains on exports. However, the low prices have led to simmering discontent among farmers in Ahmednagar and, according to Lanke, the problem needs to be addressed immediately.

Lanke is also committed to supporting dairy farmers who have been in trouble due to low milk prices. Lanke, who won the Ahmednagar parliamentary seat with 6,24,797 votes, is a grassroots activist who was earlier with the NCP (Ajit Pawar group) but later joined the Sharad Pawar faction.

Festive offer

Lanke, the son of a teacher who went from being the sarpanch of Hanga village to Parner MP and now Lok Sabha member from Ahmednagar, attributes his electoral success to the support of the people: party workers, farmers, unemployed youth, the Muslim community and all those who share the thoughts and values ​​of the Ambedkar movement.

He admits that he received the most votes in his own constituency Parner, where he polled 130,440 votes, while his rival Dr Sujay Vikhe-Patil polled 92,340 votes.

short article insertionFor Lanke, this victory was of great importance as it meant he was able to prevail over the powerful Vikhe Patils, whose dominance in the cooperative sector and in politics has been established for over sixty years.

Sujay Vikhe-Patil was the sitting MP and was assisted by his father, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, a senior minister, while his grandfather Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil was a veteran politician and seven-time MP and was also a former Union minister.

Sujay Vikhe-Patil polled 5,95,868 votes. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil had left no stone unturned to ensure a victory for his son, including organising well-attended rallies where Mahayuti's top leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, campaigned. However, it was not a walk in the park for Sujay Vikhe-Patil as he was seeking a second term.

An analysis of the votes cast in the six constituencies of Ahmednagar shows that Vikhe-Patil received over 100,000 votes each in the cities of Ahmednagar, Shevgaon and Rahuri.

However, he received 92,340 votes in Parner and 95,835 in Karjat-Jamkhed constituency. Rohit Pawar, who hails from the influential Pawar family, is the MP from Karjat-Jamkhed constituency.

The support from this constituency helped Lanke to poll over 104,000 votes and gain a lead over Vikhe-Patil. Lanke received only 74,263 votes in Ahmednagar city, while Vikhe-Patil polled over 105,000 votes here.

However, Lanke claims that a large portion of the votes meant for the NCP (SP) symbol – a man blowing a turha/tutari (a crescent-shaped musical instrument) – may have been mistakenly cast for the pipani (trumpet) symbol of an independent candidate.

Meanwhile, independent candidate Gorakh Alekar received 44,597 votes in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.