MUMBAI: Though Shiv Sena had earlier declared to contest all elections on their own, the party has decided to fight the upcoming legislative council polls in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Whereas the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have decided to contest the elections solo.
The council elections for six seats will be held on May 21. The NCP has decided to field its candidate for the Latur-Beed-Osmanabad local body seat which is currently held by the Congress.
The NCP has more numbers in the local bodies of Latur, Beed and Osmanabad than the Congress and so the party is staking a claim on this seat. Ramesh Karad has filed his nomination from the NCP for Latur-Osmanabad-Beed local self-government constituency, whereas Suresh Dhas will be the BJP candidate for the seat. Karad was in the BJP but was invited by the NCP for the council election while Dhas was in NCP but he entered the BJP.
It is said that Karad is a close aide of Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde (BJP), but NCP leader and Pankaja Munde’s brother Dhananjay Munde played an important role in inviting Karad to the NCP. He joined NCP on Wednesday in presence of Dhananjay Munde.
In Nashik, Shivaji Sahane, who was expelled by the Shiv Sena, declared as a nominee of the NCP in place of sitting MLC Jayant Jadhav.
Aniket Tatkare, son of NCP’s Sunil Tatkare will be the NCP candidate from Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local bodies seat in place of Anil Tatkare, while BJP is not contesting from this seat as Narayan Rane’s candidate is likely to contest from this seat.
Pravin Pote-Patil, minister for state, will be the BJP candidate from Amravati seat, while Abdullah Khan Durrani is renominated for Parbhani-Hingoli seat. BJP’s State Secretary Ramdas Ambatkar will be contesting from Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli seat.
The Shiv Sena-BJP had set a 50-50 formula for the election and according to the formula, BJP will contest on three seats and Sena will contest on three seats.
The six local authorities constituencies going to polls are Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Nashik, Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli, Parbhani-Hingoli, Amravati, and Latur-Beed-Osmanabad.