Pune: Following State Youth Congress President Vishwajeet Kadam filing his nomination for the Palus-Kadegaon (Sangli) Assembly bypoll, many aspirants are getting ready to try their luck to win a Congress ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Pune, as it is now clear that Kadam will not stake a claim for the seat.
Vishwajeet Kadam, son of late senior Congress leader Patangrao Kadam, lost the Pune Lok Sabha seat to MP Anil Shirole by a huge margin of 3.5 lakh votes during the last Lok Sabha polls. However, after the demise of his father, Vishwajeet decided to contest the bypoll from his father’s constituency. On Monday, he filed his nomination for the Palus-Kadegaon Assembly bypoll.
Last month, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) took a review of its 48 constituencies by consulting leaders and office-bearers. In Pune constituency, MPCC President Ashok Chavan and other members of the committee discussed the issue with city unit president Ramesh Bagwe, Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Sharad Ranpise, former MLC Ulhas Pawar, Mohan Joshi, former minister Balasaheb Shivarkar, Abhay Chhajed, Vishwajeet Kadam, Aba Bagul, Arvind Shinde and others.
During this discussion, former MLC Mohan Joshi openly expressed his wish to contest the Lok Sabha election. However, Joshi later clarified and said that he will contest the LS polls from Pune only if Vishwajeet says no to doing so. Balasaheb Shivarkar and Anant Gadgil are other names doing the rounds for the seat.
When contacted, Mohan Joshi said, “I was aware of Vishwajeet Kadam’s decision. After he filed his nomination for the Assembly election, I started my work for the Lok Sabha polls. Some Congress leaders also conveyed their best wishes to me and asked me to start my work.”
On the other hand, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has declared that it will field a candidate for the Pune seat.