Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Supriya Sule reacts to threats to party workers, says attempts were made to spread fear in Baramati

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Sule kept the seat after decisively defeating Sunetra Pawar, the NCP candidate and wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024

Pune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule won the Baramati Lok Sabha seat in a high-profile contest. On Friday, she revealed that some individuals tried to intimidate her party workers before the election and warned she would “personally intervene” if it happened again. Sule defeated Sunetra Pawar, the NCP candidate and wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, to retain the seat.

 

Speaking at a felicitation event in Untawadi, Baramati, Sule said, “Sharad Pawar never engaged in vendetta politics, and we won’t either. However, some outsiders created fear during the Baramati Lok Sabha elections. These individuals went door to door, threatening our party workers. I stayed silent then, but if they try this again, I will personally intervene.” She added that while Baramati tehsil was not affected, these outsiders caused problems in other parts of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency. Sule emphasized that “Maharashtra, the land of Shahu, Phule, Ambedkar, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, will not tolerate such intimidation.”

“It’s the Maharashtra of Yashwantrao Chavan and Sharad Pawar. If anyone intimidates our workers again, I’ll involve the police. I avoided escalating during elections, but I ask you not to repeat this during the upcoming assembly polls,” she remarked, without naming anyone, though it seemed directed towards the ruling Nationalist Congress Party led by her cousin.

Sule described incidents during the fiercely contested elections in Baramati. She mentioned that a gathering of traders, intended to be addressed by Sharad Pawar, was abruptly canceled due to pressure. Later, when the traders rescheduled the event, Pawar politely checked if he could join them onstage.

In a separate event, Shrinivas Pawar, a supporter of Sharad Pawar and brother of Ajit Pawar, was turned away from the home of a longtime acquaintance, recalled Sule.

“That incident deeply saddened him. However, despite efforts to instill fear, people showed even stronger support for us,” Sule remarked. She emphasized that she never let bitterness take hold because her fight was rooted in ideology.

Reports suggest that approximately 35 IT firms are considering leaving Hinjawadi IT Park in Pune. Sule mentioned that Sharad Pawar, the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, and her uncle Pratap Pawar have decided to communicate with the leaders of these companies. Their goal is to address all the concerns of these firms, aiming to prevent them from relocating, stated the newly-elected MP.

Regarding the issue of election symbols, which the party believes contributed to their loss of the Satara seat, Sule stated that they will approach the Election Commission of India (ECI) to request the symbol of a man blowing a tutari or just the tutari itself.

Sule emphasized the need to resolve this symbol issue before the assembly elections. If the ECI doesn’t respond positively to their request, she affirmed that they would pursue legal action.

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