Cong aspirants seek NCP support

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-supported Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade began meeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders, three Lok Sabha aspirants from Congress met NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar for his support.

Pune: After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-supported Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade began meeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders, three Lok Sabha aspirants from Congress met NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar for his support. Former Pune city unit chief  Abhay Chhajjed,  former MLC Mohan Joshi and senior corporator Arvind Shinde recently met Pawar. 

The Congress party’s State President Ashok Chavan recently said  the party high command will choose the Pune candidate on elective merit, but it has not been cleared whether the candidate will be chosen from outside. 

A few days ago, Kakade anticipating that Congress may offer him the Pune Lok Sabha ticket met senior leaders including NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar. However, the city Congress has shared names of three aspirants to the Congress State Parliamentary Committee.  These three aspirants are trying to get support from NCP. They reportedly told Pawar they are against importing candidate for Pune Lok Sabha seat and requested his support. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, former MLC Mohan Joshi said, “We met NCP leader Ajit Pawar. Pune City Congress Unit Chief Ramesh Bagwe was present.  It was regarding seeking NCP support for the Pune Lok Sabha Congress candidate.” The Congress-NCP alliance partners have almost agreed that the Congress will field their candidate from Pune. Kakade has shown interest in contesting for the Pune Lok Sabha seat on a Congress ticket. Earlier, he met NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal. There is also speculation that Kakade met senior Congress leaders including Ashok Chavan.

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