Pune: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are facing a rebellion from some of their senior party leaders in the city. There are four rebels from Shiv Sena and two from Congress already. However, the picture will be clear on Monday, the last day for withdrawing nominations.
In Pune, a total of 158 candidates have filed nominations. Overall, 35 candidates have filed nominations from the Pune Cantonment seat, whereas only nine candidates have filed nominations from Parvati constituency.
In all, three Shiv Sena office-bearers have filed nominations from three constituencies. Shiv Sena district President Ramesh Konde will be contesting from the Khadakwasla constituency against sitting BJP MLA Bhimrao Tapkir, while senior corporator Sanjay Bhosale will be standing against sitting BJP MLA Jagdish Mulik from Vadgaon Sheri. Shiv Sena was anticipating that they would get Vadgaon Sheri seat, however, it did not work out.
In Hadapsar, Shiv Sena leader Ganagadhar Badhe has challenged sitting BJP MLA Yogesh Tilekar.
In Kasba Peth constituency, Shiv Sena corporator Vishal Dhanawade has rebelled against alliance partner candidate and city Mayor Mukta Tilak.
He had started campaigning before the announcement of the alliance.
2 rebels from Congress
In Parvati constituency, senior corporator Aba Bagul has filed nominations against coalition partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Ashwini Kadam. In Congress-NCP seat-sharing pact, Parvati was given to NCP.
Till date, Bagul is firm on contesting the elections. However, local party leaders are trying to dissuade Bagul from contesting. NCP candidate Kadam has also appealed Bagul to withdraw his nominations.
Senior Congress leader Kamal Vayavhare has also filed nominations against official Congress candidate Arvind Shinde in Kasba Peth constituency. This is the only constituency where there is a rebel candidate from the same party.