PUNE: Though the two major parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have not yet announced their candidates, it is clear that the Lok Sabha contest will be a straight fight between these two parties. In contrast, in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, there were four candidates of four major parties for this seat: the Congress, the BJP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
After the announcement of the Lok Sabha election, BJP-supported Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade announced he will join the Congress party, claiming he did not get good treatment from the BJP. He claims he will get the opportunity to contest the Pune Lok Sabha seat through the Congress.
After his announcement, loyal Congress party workers showed their opposition to him. Some party workers conducted an agitation at Shaniwarwada on Monday.
When asked about this, City Congress Unit Chief Ramesh Bagwe said, “We have not conducted any agitation. I am unaware about this development.”
The BJP has so far not disclosed any names. For the party, there are two strong candidates, sitting MP Anil Shirole and senior leader Girish Bapat.
Pune Lok Sabha election will be conducted in the third phase on April 23. Therefore, both parties are not in a hurry to announce the names of their candidates.
However, there is speculation that the Congress will announce its candidate after the BJP does so. In 2014, there were four candidates: Anil Shirole (BJP), Vishwajeet Kadam (Congress), Deepak Paigude (MNS) and Subhash Ware (AAP) for the Pune Lok Sabha constituency.
MNS and AAP fielded their candidates for the first time. Shirole of the BJP won the election with 5,69,824 votes. Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam was runner-up with 2,54,056 votes. Deepak Paigude got a sizable 93,502 votes. Subhash Ware got 28,657 votes.
However, this time there is likely to be a straight fight between the BJP and the Congress in the Pune Lok Sabha elections.