A close contest is ensuing in the Maval constituency between bitter rivals Sena candidate Shrirang Barne and erstwhile NCP leader Laxman Jagtap who left the party before polls and is contesting on a Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) supported by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. By the fourth round, Barne was leading with 71032 with Jagtap trailing a close behind at 63853 with a margin of 7179 by fourth round.
However probably the embarassing signs of defeat were for NCP candidate Rahul Narvekar. Narvekar who was earlier the ShivSena spokesman had withdrawn his candidature from the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections prior to elections and joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to contest the Lok Sabha election on the party's ticket from the Maval constituency.
This had irked party MLA Laxman Jagtap who was hoping for the seat and the move prompted him to leave the party and contest on a PWP ticket. The Maval constituency had seen many ups and downs with established party leaders leaving the party within weeks of the poll campaigning.
For Sena too, the seat wasn't easy with MP Gajanan Babar getting irked by party decision to field Barne and refusing to give him a ticket. He had announced his decision to support Jagtap. However the slight majority that Barne has recieved has come in as a good news for party loyalists whose decision to stick to the party candidate is proving worthwhile.