AS 11 candidates remained in the fray for 10 seats on the final day of withdrawal of nominations for the state legislature elections, and both the ruling MVA party and the opposition BJP are set to fight another election battle, days after the controversial Rajya Sabha elections in which the BJP emerged. . winner.
State legislature elections are scheduled for June 20.
On the final day of the nominations draw, Sadabhau Khot who heads Rayaat Krantikari Sanghatana withdrew from the race. Shivajirao Garg, the additional NCP candidate, also withdrew.
While the MVA has fielded six candidates, the BJP has nominated five candidates. For the Legislative Assembly elections, each candidate would need 27 votes. With 106 MLAs, four BJP candidates are expected to have a big rally as five MLAs have already joined in.
On the MVA side, Shiv Sena, the NCP, and Congress have each fielded two nominees. While the NCP and Sena have the numbers to elect two candidates, Congress, with 44 MLAs, has the numbers to elect only one candidate.
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She will have to run for the votes of independent legislators and MLAs for smaller parties to elect the second candidate.
During the Rajya Sabha elections, it was a battle between the Shiv Sena and the BJP for the seat of the 10th Legislative Assembly, and it would be a battle between the BJP and the Congress. During the Rajya Sabha elections, the MVA suffered a setback as some independents and MLAs from smaller parties, which it was counting on, voted for the BJP candidate. Dhananjay Mahadik of BJP hit Sanjay Pawar of Shiv Sena.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said: “We have tried to ensure that elections are held without opposition in the Legislative Council. There was a discussion about Congress drawing one of its candidates, but it refused. The Ministry of Home Affairs is full of internal contradictions and there is unrest and lack of coordination, which is reflected during the polls Rajya Sabha. The level at which unrest has risen in the MVA will be known during the Legislative Council polls.”
On the other hand, Congress Party leader Plasaheb Tharorat said: “The Ministry of Home Affairs learned its lessons from the Rajya Sabha elections and tried to find out the reasons for the defeat. We have taken corrective measures and we are confident. Independents and small parties MLAs will support our candidates. Both Congress candidates will win.”
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said he had no intention of “insulting” the independent MLAs.
Raut alleged that at least six independent MLAs had succumbed to the critical bait of the BJP allegedly indulging in horse trading during the Rajya Sabha elections. “I have not made any direct allegations against independent legal aid agreements. I have said that the BJP has put them under pressure by threatening an ED investigation…,” he said.
Some independent legal aid agreements have also complained to NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar about Raut’s comments against them.
For PLC polls, Chef Sena provided Sachin Ahir and Amasha Padvi. The NCP has nominated Ramraj Naik Nimbalkar and Iknath Khadsi.
The Congress dispatched Bhai Jagtap, Speaker of the Mumbai Congress, and Chandrakant Handore.
The BJP dispatched Praveen Darkar, opposition leader in the state legislature, Prof. Ram Shendi, Shrekant Bharatiya, Uma Khaber, chairwoman of the state’s women’s wing, and Prasad Ladd.