prashant-6The Rahul Gandhi magic worked in favour of Congress’ youth candidate Prashant Thakur from Panvel constituency. Dethroning the PWP’s nearly 50 years rule in the constituency, Prashant Thakur won the elections with a margin of 12915 votes. The Rahul Gandhi magic that we said could work for Prashant Thakur in assembly polls has indeed worked. The All India Congress Committee’s General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s aggressive appeal to voters to vote has not only brought Prashant Thakur in national limelight but has also ensured his historic victory in Panvel constituency. Defeating the 52-year-old PWP power in Panvel constituency, Congress candidate Prashant Thakur has created history by winning the state assembly elections. Son of Senior Congress leader and once a PWP partyman Ramsheth Thakur, Prashant Thakur marked his victory against PWP leader Balaram Patil by 12915 votes. Prashant Thakur who fought the battle with issues like change in the development of Panvel, his young and charismatic image seems to have brought him this victory. A significant factor that contributed towards the victory of the candidate was the presence of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi in one of the campaign rallies in Panvel. While at that time Gandhi’s aura had left the crowd awestruck, it has definitely worked as magic for Prashant Thakur. Rahul Gandhi had made an appeal to the voters then to support the Congress candidate. We had also aired a report on this charisma of Rahul Gandhi that has worked wonders for the party in Panvel. Prashant Thakur in total received 80000 votes. Moreover, the presence of other eminent leaders like Vilasrao Dehsmukh, Narayan Rane and Sushilkumar Shinde during the political campaigns also laid a positive impact on the voters. Therefore, even though the percentage of voting is seen more in the rural areas, the support that Prashant Thakur received from the senior Congress leaders has turned out to be a positive sign for him. With cameraperson Monica Bhosale, Dyaneshwar Mali for NMTV News.

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