The Nashik Lok Sabha constituency will vote in the fifth phase of general elections on May 20, 2024. (PTI/File)

The Nashik Lok Sabha constituency will vote within the fifth part of normal elections on Might 20, 2024. (PTI/File)

It’s a straight struggle within the extremely coveted Nashik seat in north Maharashtra between Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena and the Shiv Sena-Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray (UBT) after the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena-NCP Mahayuti alliance witnessed intense lobbying for the constituency in seat-sharing talks

Nashik Lok Sabha constituency is one in every of 48 parliamentary constituencies in Maharashtra. It’s a Normal class seat and contains a part of the Nashik district. Six Meeting segments fall below the Nashik Lok Sabha seat, of which the BJP presently holds three (Nashik East, Nashik Central and Nashik West), Ajit Pawar’s NCP holds one (Sinnar), Sharad Pawar-led NCP faction holds one (Devlali-SC) and the Congress holds one (Igatpuri-ST).

Polling Date — Might 20, 2024; Part 5

Sitting MP — Hemant Godse (Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena)

Candidates — Hemant Godse (Shiv Sena), Rajabhau Waje (Shiv Sena-UBT)

Political Dynamics

  • It’s a straight struggle within the extremely coveted Nashik seat in north Maharashtra between Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena and the Shiv Sena-Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray (UBT) after the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena-NCP Mahayuti alliance witnessed intense lobbying for the constituency in seat-sharing talks.
  • At current, the Shiva Sena-UBT is claimed to be barely forward within the contest however the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an election rally is tipped to assist the Shiv Sena catch up.
  • Shiv Sena Prevails in Mahayuti: The query of who will get the Nashik seat has been an actual take a look at of unity within the BJP-Ajit Pawar-Eknath Shinde Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra.
  • The seat is held within the outgoing Lok Sabha by Hemant Godse of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena, however the Ajit Pawar-led NCP had lobbied intensely for the constituency in March-April.
  • The NCP wished to subject senior chief Chhagan Bhujbal from Nashik after he turned down a proposal to contest on the BJP image.
  • However the seat finally went to sitting two-time MP Hemant Godse. He had gained the Nashik seat in 2014 and 2019 elections as a part of the undivided Shiv Sena.
  • Within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Godse had defeated nearest rival, NCP candidate Sameer Bhujbal, by a whopping 2,92,204 votes and had cornered 50.27% of the vote share. Sameer Bhujbal is the nephew of Chhagan Bhujbal.
  • Within the 2014 elections, Godse’s nearest rival was Chhagan Bhujbal himself who was defeated by a margin of 1,87,336 votes.
  • If Godse wins the 2024 elections, he can be the primary MP to clinch a hat trick in Nashik.
  • It’s not going to be smooth-sailing although for the sitting MP since his Shiv Sena-UBT rival was already a month into campaigning whereas the Mahayuti handled seat-sharing pangs.
  • Eknath Shinde has been onerous at work, attempting to make sure minimal splitting of votes. He met Chhagan Bhujbal asking for help for Godse and satisfied each his Nashik district chief Ajay Boraste in addition to turncoat Vijay Karanjkar to withdraw their claims to the Nashik ticket and again Godse as a substitute.
  • Uddhav’s Quest to Regain Nashik: With sitting MP Hemant Godse siding with Eknath Shinde within the Shiv Sena cut up, Uddhav Thackeray is eager to carry again the constituency to his kitty. The Shiv Sena-UBT has trusted Parag Rajabhau Vaje for the job.
  • In giving Vaje the ticket, the Shiv Sena-UBT misplaced Nashik district unit president Vijay Karanjkar to Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena. Karanjkar was anticipating the ticket for himself however jumped ship when he was neglected for Vaje.
  • Vaje, a former MLA from Sinnar, had a month’s head-start in campaigning whereas the BJP-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance bickered over who would get the Nashik seat.
  • Vaje Barely Forward Godse: The choice to subject Vaje in Nashik appears to be paying off for Shiv Sena-UBT with the previous MLA mentioned to be making inroads into the citizens together with his easy manner and useful nature. He’s mentioned to be simply accessible and is seen serving to individuals who include issues like faculty admissions, hospital charges and so forth.
  • Satirically, these had been the very traits that had helped Vaje’s rival Godse win the Nashik seat in 2014 and 2019.
  • Chhagan Bhujbal Episode: The impasse within the Mahayuti over the Nashik seat ended partly as a result of senior NCP chief and Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal determined to not search ticket.
  • In a press convention saying his resolution, the veteran OBC chief mentioned Ajit Pawar had staked declare to the Nashik seat as a result of the NCP has extra MLAs within the area.
  • He mentioned initially his nephew and former CM Sameer Bhujbal’s title cropped up for the ticket, however declare senior BJP chief and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah was of the opinion that Chhagan Bhujbal ought to himself contest.
  • As Eknath Shinde too demanded the seat for the reason that sitting MP was from his occasion, the stalemate dragged on for 3 weeks throughout which the opposition MVA had already began campaigning.
  • Considerably reluctantly, Bhujbal withdrew from the race on April 19, cautioning the Mahayuti to announce the candidate quickly “in any other case we could face issue profitable the seat”. Sitting MP Godse was finally introduced because the alliance candidate.
  • Lingering Bitterness: All, nevertheless, shouldn’t be effectively inside the Mahayuti alliance regardless of the seat going to Shiv Sena. On Might 9, Shiv Sena MLA Suhas Kande accused Chhagan Bhujbal of campaigning for the rival NCP-SP headed by Sharad Pawar in Nashik and Dindori seats.
  • Kande, who’s MLA from Nandgaon, claims Bhujbal’s staff are seen brazenly with opposition candidates. He even demanded that Bhujbal resign from the Maharashtra cupboard.
  • Hitting again, Bhujbal mentioned Kande criticises him for publicity and was queering the pitch for the ruling alliance candidates, “who’re already on the backfoot as a result of folks’s anger over onion costs”.
  • Marathas vs Bhujbal: From the perspective of Mahayuti candidate Hemant Godse, the much less Bhujbal campaigns for him, the higher, since 60% or near 4 lakh voters in Nashik are from the Maratha neighborhood. Amid the Maratha-OBC quota tussle, OBC chief Bhujbal shouldn’t be a well-liked determine in Nashik.
  • As per sources, Godse was even reluctant to do a latest photo-op with Bhujbal, however needed to adjust to the senior management’s diktat. The 2 leaders additionally share a bitter electoral rivalry courting again to the times their respective events had been undivided.
  • The Maratha quota agitation is a large election subject in Nashik as in different Marathwada districts.
  • Led by activist Manoj Jarange, the Maratha neighborhood has been insisting on quota for the Marathas below the Different Backward Courses (OBC) class.
  • The OBCs, led by leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal, say they don’t seem to be against Marathas getting reservation however are in opposition to “backdoor entry” of the Maratha neighborhood into the OBC quota.
  • Entry of Shantigiri Maharaj: An intriguing entrant in electoral politics from Nashik this time is religious chief Shantigiri Maharaj who claims to have the backing of a minimum of 4 lakh voters.
  • Referred to as ‘Mauni Baba’ for his frequent vows of silence, Maharaj’s title has been doing rounds as a possible candidate for the Nashik Lok Sabha constituency for a while.
  • He was reportedly eager on an NDA ticket, however is now contesting as an Unbiased.
  • As per stories, emissaries despatched by CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis urged Shantigiri Maharaj to withdraw his nomination, however the religious chief refused.
  • He has claimed his Jai Babaji Temple and belief have followers in round 1.80 lakh households, which interprets into almost 4 lakh voters.
  • He’s banking on his “clear picture” and claims to get pleasure from affect in 16 Meeting seats in and round Nashik district.
  • Sources, nevertheless, say he could garner wherever between 50,000 and 1 lakh votes. He’s additionally from the Maratha neighborhood.
  • Caste Components: Maratha neighborhood holds the sway in Nashik, accounting for 60% of the voting inhabitants. It’s no shock thus that each Shiv Sena factions have fielded candidates from the Maratha neighborhood.
  • Subsequent come the OBCs, numbering round 3 lakh, together with Kunbi Marathas. Political observers say the OBCs of Nashik don’t contemplate Chhagan Bhujbal to be their chief. Majority of them, particularly the Vanjaris, are backers of Sharad Pawar.
  • Dalit voters additionally account for round 2.5 lakh to three lakh voters. Regardless of Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) fielding candidate Karan Gaikar from Nashik, Dalit voters are unlikely to vote for him since he was the chief of Maratha Kranti Morcha earlier. Sources say the VBA will wrestle to the touch 50,000 votes in Nashik this time.
  • Political observers say Dalit votes will possible cut up between Godse and Vaje, with extra favouring the latter.
  • With the Maratha, OBC and Dalit votes more likely to cut up in some ratios between Shiv Sena and Shiv Sena-UBT, the Muslim votes in Nashik — near 2 lakh — could determine the destiny of the candidates. Muslim voters are more likely to vote for the MVA en masse over nationwide points like Uniform Civil Code and the communal polarisation.
  • Modi-Shah Go to: Sources say Prime Minister Modi’s marketing campaign rally in Nashik will be the gamechanger the ruling alliance wants in Nashik.
  • Whereas Modi’s go to is tipped to enthuse the general public in the direction of the Mahayuti candidate, Amit Shah’s go to will possible make slacking or reluctant cadre fall in line.

Key Constituency Points

  • Maratha Quota: The Maratha reservation demand has dominated Maharashtra’s political panorama for the reason that Supreme Court docket struck down the 2018 Act of the state which offered quota in schooling and jobs to the Maratha neighborhood.
  • Activist Manoj Jarange is demanding that your entire Maratha neighborhood needs to be given quota within the OBC class by figuring out them as Kunbi. Kunbis, an agrarian neighborhood, fall within the OBC class.
  • However Chhagan Bhujbal opposed the demand, stating that Marathas mustn’t get a share within the OBC quota.
  • Bhujbal took a defiant stand although the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena-BJP-NCP authorities was sympathetic to the quota demand. It arrange the Sandeep Shinde committee to look at pre-1967 Kunbi information.
  • Jarange has maintained that Marathas and Kunbis are socially and culturally very shut.
  • The federal government subsequently enacted a recent laws offering 10% quota to Marathas. However some Maratha organisations claimed that it might not stand judicial scrutiny, and the general quota within the state now exceeds 50%.
  • Onion Export Ban Fallout: Although the Centre lifted the ban on onion exports earlier this month in a serious aid for a big part of farmers in key producing areas, together with Maharashtra, the problem and the protests over it should possible have an electoral affect.
  • On December 8 final 12 months, the Centre had banned onion exports to regulate retail costs amid issues over possible fall in manufacturing. Over the last 4-5 years, the nation yearly exported between 17 lakh and 25 lakh tonnes of onions.
  • Onion farmers had staged huge protests in opposition to the transfer and had even blocked the busy Mumbai-Agra Freeway at three locations in Maharashtra’s Nashik.
  • Offended farmers had additionally stopped auctions at onion markets of Lasalgaon, Chandwad, Nandgaon, Dindori, Yeola, Umarane and different locations in Nashik district, a serious manufacturing centre of the commodity.
  • To regulate costs, the federal government imposed a minimal export value (MEP) of USD 800 per tonne on onion exports from October 28 to December 31 final 12 months.
  • In August, India had imposed a 40 per cent export responsibility on onions as much as December 31.
  • The Congress has accused the Narendra Modi authorities of “callously neglecting” Maharashtra’s onion farmers affected as a result of ban on onion exports and mentioned that its manifesto guarantees a predictable import-export coverage to forestall such catastrophic last-minute insurance policies being imposed on farmers.
  • Demand for IT Business: Whereas neighbouring Pune is a buzzing IT hub, Nashik has been ready for years to be changed into one.
  • The district has a big poor of IT graduates who’re pressured to depart their hometowns for jobs in Pune and Mumbai.
  • Demand for Jobs: Locals have been demanding that attracting IT firms to arrange store within the district will carry much-needed employment.
  • Related is the case with different engineers and medical doctors who have to migrate for employment.
  • Godavari Air pollution: The Godavari River, India’s second-largest river, originates from Trimbakeswar in Nashik and has been stricken by air pollution for years. In keeping with a water high quality evaluation by ResearchGate, 80% of this air pollution is home whereas 18% comes from industries.
  • Successive MPs have promised throughout elections that Nashik residents will in the future have the ability to eat uncooked river water with out worrying about pollution however the progress on Godavari clean-up has been at glacial tempo.

Voter Demographics

Social composition

SC — 9.1%

ST — 25.6%

Non secular composition

Buddhist — 1.55%

Christian — 0.39%

Jain — 0.63%

Muslim — 11.35%

Sikh — 0.15%

Main Infra Initiatives in Nashik

  • Nashik Metro: The Nashik Metro, often known as Metro NEO, is a proposed bus fast transit system in Nashik.
  • The venture will embody two electrical trolleybus strains totaling 32 km, and is estimated to value Rs 2,100.60 crore.
  • The Maharashtra Metro Rail Company Restricted (Maha-Metro), Metropolis and Industrial Growth Company (CIDCO), and Maharashtra Industrial Growth Company (MIDC) are collectively constructing the venture.
  • The Metro Neo system may also embody a ten km rubber-tired metro with 20 stations, two depots, and each elevated and at-grade sections.
  • Pune-Nashik Railway Line: In February 2023, the Ministry of Railways accorded in-principle approval for a Pune-Nashik high-speed rail venture.
  • The road is proposed to be 234.60-km-long and will probably be at-grade and elevated.
  • The road may have 24 stations, together with 13 crossing stations and 11 flag stations. The stations embody Pune, Hadapsar, Manjiri, Kolwadi, Wagholi, Alandi, Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Bhorwadi, Manchar, Narayangaon, Alephata, Bota, Jambut, Sakur, Ambhore, Sangamner, Devthan, Chas, Dodi, Sinnar, Mohadari, Shinde, and Nashik Highway.
  • The railway line is predicted to spice up improvement and supply seamless connectivity to the economic zones of each Pune and Nashik.
  • Photo voltaic Energy Challenge: In March 2024, Torrent Energy gained a contract from Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) to construct a 306 MW grid-connected solar energy venture in Nashik.
  • The venture is price Rs 1,540 crore and is predicted to be accomplished inside 18 months.
  • The venture will probably be constructed at 48 places in Nashik and may have an electrical energy tariff of Rs 3.10/kWh for 25 years.
  • The venture is a part of the PM-KUSUM Scheme and the MSKVY 2.0 scheme, and goals to enhance connections to the distribution community.
  • As soon as accomplished, Torrent’s renewable capability will enhance to three GW within the subsequent 18–24 months.
  • Outer Ring Highway Challenge: The Maharashtra State Highway Growth Company (MSRDC) is constructing a 56km outer ring street for Nashik metropolis, which is predicted to be accomplished by 2027.
  • The venture is meant to extend connectivity with town’s outskirts and cut back site visitors congestion by permitting heavy automobiles to go with out coming into Nashik.
  • The proposed route will hook up with the Samruddhi Expressway and Surat-Chennai Expressway.
  • Nashik already has three ring roads that had been constructed over 20 years in the past, however as a result of metropolis’s fast improvement, they now prolong inside the metropolis.
  • Multi-Modal Transport Hub: Being developed below public-private partnership mode, the Nashik Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) is a key a part of the Ministry of Highway Transport and Highways’ plan to determine 35 multi-modal logistics parks throughout India below the PM Gati Shakti Nationwide Grasp Plan.
  • The MMLP’s strategic location was a key consider its choice, because it goals to optimize the effectivity of products actions throughout the nation.
  • The MMLP may also act as a terminal for the Neo Metro, the Nashik-Pune excessive pace practice venture, and metropolis buses.

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