PUNE: Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Kakade has been projecting himself as BJP’s candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) election from the Pune constituency and he is confident about getting the nomination from among nine other aspirants. Sitting MP Anil Shirole and aspirant Lok Sabha candidate Girish Bapat are dumbfound about the sudden move of Kakade.
Recently, Kakade met former MP Suresh Kalmadi on the occasion of his birthday and wished him and they also had dinner with RPI President Ramdas Athavale. Within few years, Kakade has created a strong position in BJP though he is not from the party. Earlier, he was a supporter of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
While speaking to Sakal Times, Sanjay Kakade said, “I have started meeting people in the background of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. There are only nine months to go for the elections excluding three months of the code of conduct period. As the party is not taking any decision, I decided to take the lead. It will help the party, as we will have to start preparations.”
He further said, “There are nine aspirants for the Pune Lok Sabha elections in the party.
“I have done a lot of work in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) election for the party, so, the party will consider me. Anil Shirole is a good candidate but I don’t think the party will ignore me.”
He denied rumours of joining the Congress party if BJP denies him a ticket in Lok Sabha elections.
When asked about the meeting with Suresh Kalmadi, he said, “Since 1991, I have been meeting and wishing Kalmadi on his birthday and he also wishes me on my birthday.”
When Anil Shirole was asked about the preparations by Kakade, he said, “There are aspirants for the LS election and there is nothing wrong with it. The party has a democratic system and it will take the final decision.”
Meanwhile, there are more than 30 corporators, who are strong supporters of Kakade and a maximum of the candidates are from SC/ST and OBC
category. In that background, he had dinner with RPI President and Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale.
Kakade wanted to show the party that they have full support from SC/ST and OBC community.
There is also an RPI rally in Pune this month. For that, Athawale wanted the help of Kakade to make it successful in the background of increasing political presence of Bharatiya Republican Party (BRP) President Prakash Ambedkar.