Belagavi: Belagavi district created several unique records in this election, that threw up a fractured verdict. Three women have won as MLAs from Belagavi, highest in any one district in the state. Totally, six women have emerged as MLAs in the state in this election.
Laxmi Hebbalkar of Congress who emerged winner with a highest margin of more than 50,000 votes from Belagavi Rural opens her innings into state assembly along with Dr Anjali Nimbalkar of Congress who won against a strong rival, Aravind Patil of MEs in Khanapur. Another woman leader, Shashikala Jolle of BJP retained her seat in Nipani winning the second time as MLA.Hebbalkar was a clear favourite to win the election considering the way she campaigned in her constituency for the last few years. She not only launched several developmental works in Belagavi Rural but also involved in many social welfare programmes to help the needy in her constituency. Although she had lost elections to assembly and Lok Sabha already, she managed to bounce back and proved her credentials as a leader. She is expected to make it to the state cabinet in the Woman’s Quota for the big victory she registered if the Congress-JDS government comes to power.Ms Nimbalkar is another young leader from Khanapur who defeated sittiing MLA Aravind Patil by a narrow margin. She had toured extensively in the constituency by involving in many social service activities besides taking up many developmental works there. Wife of IPS officer, Hemant Nimbalkar, she is settled in Khanapur for the last several years.Jolle’s popularity as a leader did not fade even as Kakasaheb Patil of Congress her opponent was expected to pull off a win this time. She did not have difficulty in retaining her seat.