Monday, June 1, 2009


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The complete list of 25 most powerful politicians is as follows -

1. Sharad Pawar (68) NCP 0
2. Bal Thackeray (82) SS 0
3. Ashok Chavan (50) INC 0
4. Raj Thackeray (39) MNS +3
5. Chhagan Bhujbal (60) NCP -1
6. Gopinath Munde (59) BJP -1
7. Uddhav Thackeray (48) SS -1
8. Vilasrao Deshmukh (63) INC 0
9. Narayan Rane (56) INC 0
10. Nitin Gadkari (60) BJP +2
11. Ajitdada Pawar (49) NCP -1
12. R R Patil (52) NCP -1
13. Praful Patel (53) NCP 0
14. Murli Deora (71) INC +3
15. Gurudas Kamat (51) INC +3
16. Prakash Ambedkar (51) RPI -1
17. Ramdas Athavale (55) RPI -3
18. Vinay Kore (37) JSP -2
19. Sushilkumar Shinde (66) INC 0
20. Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil (76) INC 0
21. Manohar Joshi (71) SS 0
22. Vijaysingh Mohite Patil (64) NCP 0
23. Vinod Tawde (45) BJP 0
24. Sadashiv Mandlik (76) IND (New Entry)
25. Supriya Sule (39) NCP (New Entry)

Party Code:
BJP – Bharatiya Janata Party
INC – Indian National Congress
IND – Independent
JSS – Jana Surajya Shakti
MNS – Maharashtra Navanirman Sena
NCP – Nationalist Congress Party
PWP – Peasants & Workers Party (Shetkari Kamgar Paksha)
RPI – Republican Party of India (any faction)
SS – Shiv Sena

Movement on the MahaPol ladder –
0 : Zero indicates that there has been no change in the ranking over the previous month.
+X : Plus indicates improvement in ranking over last month and ‘x’ indicates how many ranks he/ she has moved upwards.
-X : Minus indicates degradation in ranking over last month and ‘x’ indicates how many ranks he/ she has moved downwards.

To understand the methodology used for the ranking click here.The figure in bracket indicates the age of the politician.

  • MNS vote share in Mumbai is next only to Congress as they were able to pocket almost 2/3rd of Shiv Sena’s votes. In addition MNS was the leading party in 10 assembly segments. All these developments have propelled Raj Thackeray to number 4 position.
  • Due to the poll debacle of NCP, Ajitdada and RR Patil have slipped two positions (leading to Gadkari’s rise)… but Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel have retained their ranks as they were able to get their earlier portfolios at the centre.
  • Murli Deora shoots up 3 steps of the ladder on two counts. His son was able to retain his seat even after lackluster performance and stiff competition. Secondly, Deora was able to retain his portfolio when other “over the hill” ministers were shown the door.
  • The other Mumbai congressman – Gurudas Kamat also got a 3 point boost due to his unexpected win and entry into the central cabinet.
  • Ramdas Athavale has been pulled down 3 steps due to his defeat… while the other Dalit leader, Prakash Ambedkar has come down one step inspite of his defeat as he was not a sitting MP.
  • Inability to show their prowess in the elections has thrown Jayant Patil and N D Patil out of the Mahapol list.
  • Two new entrants in the list… Sadashiv Mandlik the sitting MP from Kolhapur was denied the ticket by Sharad Pawar in favour of Chhatrapati Shahu, Scion of the local royalty. Mandlik rebelled to fight and win the election. Supriya Sule finally makes it to the list as she starts reasserting herself in the Pune region… overruling Ajitdada at times!

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