Temperatures are rising by the day in the election scenario of both the constituencies in Panvel and Uran while there are allegations of the congress attempting to put a price for every vote the PWP mahayuvti candidates feel that no one can buy the staunch support that they have. The battle ground for the Uran and Panvel constituencies are set. From Uran, sitting MLA and PWP-Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI candidate Vivek Patil is contesting against Congress-NCP alliance candidate Shyam Mhatre and in Panvel, the battle for the assembly seat is between PWP-Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI candidate Balaram Patil and Congress-NCP alliance candidate Prashant Thakur. With Peasants and Workers Party having been in power in Panvel for 50 years, they definitely have an edge over the Congress-NCP alliance candidates in these elections. And may be that’s why there are reports that frantic Congress-NCP alliance candidates from Panvel and Uran are using every trick possible to lure voters. Some reliable sources from Panvel allege that Ramsheth Thakur and Prashant Thakur who were in PWP for decades and quit the party to join Congress, have gone to the extent of offering nearly Rs. 20, 000 to Rs. 25, 000 per vote. And this is not the first time that these allegations are surfacing. In the last Panvel Municipal Council elections too there were allegations that Ramsheth Thakur had gifted inverters and motorbikes to lure voters and to ensure that his son becomes President of Panvel Municipal Council. However, this time round the formula will not help Ramsheth Thakur garner votes for his son Prashant Thakur says PWP candidate from Uran and sitting MLA Vivek Patil. Speaking exclusively on NMTV’s talk show, MLA Vivek Patil said that the voters this time are saying no to money being offered for votes. He says that supporters are going to definitely vote for PWP candidate Balaram Patil. The candidate himself voiced confidence that money will not help his opponents buy the conscience of Panvel voters. In Panvel and Uran constituencies’ farmers, natives and villagers form a major chunk of voters and these are the same people who created history by saying no to Mukesh Ambani’s money in trade of their ancestral land. And hence, if at all, the Congress candidates from Panvel think that they can buy votes with money, they should think again – for buying the conscience and self esteem of Panvel farmers and voters is definitely not possible. With Manisha Kumbhar, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
August 8, 2012
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