Speaking to reporters here, Poonam said, "My father lost the Lok Sabha elections in 1984 but he bounced back and won the next one. He is my inspiration. I will work harder."
Poonam lost the elections to her nearest rival MNS candidate Ram Kadam. She polled 31,609 votes while Kadam was declared victorious with 56,575 votes.
"It is my defeat. I don't blame the party. The fact is voters preferred MNS," she said.
"The fact is, there was this "MNS wave" which swept away candidates like me," she said.
She also said, "I had been fighting, winning and losing from this constituency since 1984."
"I have known the entire area for several years now and I have a connection with people at the grass-roots level," she added.
When asked if the wide reportage of her educational qualifications may have worked against her, Poonam said, "It is not education but hard work that is important."