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Cong-NCP wins Konkan graduate constituency

DNMUM248928 | 7/5/2012 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :342 | Politics & Governance

Niranjan Davkhare won the election against BJP candidate Sanjay Kelkar by 5,541 votes

In a major victory for the Congress-NCP alliance in the Konkan division graduates constituency polls, its candidate Niranjan Davkhare emerged victorious, defeating his closest rival and BJP candidate Sanjay Kelkar by 5,541 votes, and thus wresting the seat for the allies after a gap of 20 years. The results for the elections to graduates and teachers constituencies were announced on Wednesday. Davkhare polled 27,633 votes, while Kelkar got 22,092 votes.
Davkhare said that his priority would be to work for the upliftment of education and teachers in his constituency. "It is the victory of development and I thank every one who contributed to make it happen," Davkhare said, reacting to his win.
He stated that this time, a higher number of voters were enrolled and this had an impact on the results. The elections for the Mumbai graduates constituency polls, Mumbai teachers' constituency polls and Konkan division graduates constituency polls were held on July 2.
Kapil Patil, Congress-NCP backed independent candidate, won the elections for the Mumbai teachers' constituency. He defeated his closest rival Balasaheb Mhatre; Patil polled 9749 votes, while Mhatre got 1529 votes.
In the Mumbai graduates constituency polls, Dr Deepak Sawant of Shiv Sena managed to retain his seat by a thumping winning margin. Sawant received 14,042 votes, while Rajesh Teke, independent candidate supported by Congress-NCP, got 493 votes.
According to election authorities, 91,650 voters are registered for the Mumbai graduates' constituency, while 21,685 voters have been listed for the Mumbai teachers' constituency. The number of voters for the Konkan division graduates constituency stood at 1,09,349. The term of four sitting members of graduates' and teachers' constituencies in the Mumbai, Konkan and Nashik divisions will expire on July 7.
For the Mumbai teachers' constituency, 15 candidates were in the fray, while there were four candidates from the Mumbai graduates constituency. The number of candidates in the Konkan graduates constituency was nine.
The counting took place at The Cotton Corporation of India Ltd's storehouse in Kalamboli. District collectors of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will work as assistant returning officers.

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