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After demonetisation, BJP loses all 17 seats in Maharashtra APMC elections

Since PM Modi’s demonetisation announcement, there were a number of predictions from political pundits that the BJP would get benefitted by the move which was directed to root out black money, as claimed by the government
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In the first polls since PM Modi decided to demonetise the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes last week, the BJP is bleeding profusely as the party has lost all 17 seats in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) of Panvel, Maharashtra.

The BJP lost all 17 seats to members of Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP alliance. The PWP won 15 seats while its allies, Sena and Congress, won one seat each.

According to GalliNews, Congress has secured a seat in the APMC polls in Panvel after a gap of 25 years.

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Victory celebrations took a violent turn when PWP and Congress supporters allegedly started pelting stones and hurling chairs. A clash between BJP and PWC workers was also reported after the APMC elections results.

Since PM Modi’s demonetisation announcement, there were a number of predictions from political pundits that the BJP would get benefitted by the demonetisation move which was directed to root out black money, as claimed by the government.

But seems like the government’s withdrawal Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and the inconvenience it caused to the common people, has backfired badly on the BJP.

It is worth to mention here that in the 2014 Assembly polls in Maharashtra the BJP had won total 122 seats out of 288 and swept to power with the party’s Devendra Fadnavis as the state chief minister. The BJP in 2014 had even won the Panvel constituency, where it has now left to lick wound, with Prashant Thakur becoming MLA.

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After the saffron party’s defeat in the election, many took to twitter claiming the inconvenience to common man caused by the demonetisation decision is the main cause of BJP’s loss in the polls.

“BJP lost all 17 seats in Panvel APMC election. These traders used to be their votes bank. Beginning of the end,” tweeted, Preeti Sharma Menon, National Executive member of Aam Aadmi Party.
The demonetisation move has hit rural economy and retail and wholesale market badly. On this context, it would be interesting to see whether the move will work in BJP’s favour in upcoming Assembly elections which are due in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand.
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