Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bapat focuses on better transport, water supply


PUNE: Girish Bapat on Friday said he would soon come out with a concrete agenda for the city with priority on better transport and adequate water supply, a day after he won the Pune Lok Sabha seat with a record margin of over 3.24 lakh votes.

Bapat said he was committed to execute the manifesto BJP published for the city during the election campaign. He stressed all major projects of the city would be put on fast track. Bapat defeated Congress’ Mohan Joshi in a straight fight. His victory margin increased by almost 9,000 votes in comparison to former MP Anil Shirole’s margin of 3.15 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabh elections.

Elated by the thumping victory, Bapat said the 2019 Lok Sabh polls was the fourth major election in the past five years wherein the city voters expressed full faith in the BJP. The BJP-Sena vote base in the city has surged to over 6.34 lakh.

Bapat said, “We shall ensure comprehensive development of the city in the future. There will be sustainable efforts to execute the projects stalled during the NCP-Congress regime.” He said the latest Lok Sabha polls was the 11th election he had fought. “I have a habit of predicting my votes before the counting. For the Lok Sabha polls, I had expected around 6.44 lakh votes and settled at 6.32 lakh, with a slight drop. The victory was an outcome of the relentless efforts of the partymen and alliance parties, including Shiv Sena,” he said.

He said despite allegations of opponents he never resorted to personal attack against them and tried to maintain decency during the campaign with focus on development issues. Bapat, the incumbent district guardian minister, said the city would soon get a new guardian minister, who would be better than him in dealing with the issues. He said he would soon submit his resignation from the post of MLA.


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