LS polls: Fadnavis confident of BJP snatching Baramati from Supriya Sule

PTI9_18_2017_000065A Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday expressed confidence that the BJP will win Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Supriya Sule, daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Fadnavis was addressing a meeting of the party's booth level workers in Pune.

The chief minister said the BJP-led NDA had won 42 seats in 2014 elections. "This time, we will win 43 seats and that will include the seat of Baramati," he told the party cadre amid a huge round of applause.

Baramati is the bastion of Pawars. The seat was earlier represented by Sharad Pawar himself. The NCP, and earlier the Congress never lost from Baramati. In 2014, Supriya Sule emerged winner with a margin of over 70,000 votes. Mahadeo Jankar, now a minister in Maharashtra government, and the president of BJP ally Rashtriya Samaj Party, had contested against Sule. 2014 was the only time when a Pawar family member saw victory margin falling below one lakh.

Fadnavis is also reported to have said that if the Congress came back to power after 2019 elections, it would be a historic blunder by people of India. "We will contest 48 Lok Sabha seats with utmost concentration and energy and we will make sure that we win one seat more than last time. That seat will be Baramati, " Fadnavis said.