Mumbai: The ruling Congress-NCP coalition
candidates were elected unopposed in three out of the 11
constituencies where biennial elections to the Maharashtra
Legislative Council are scheduled to be held on November 27.
The last date of withdrawal of nomination was November
13. Congress` Amar Rajurkar was declared elected unopposed
from Nanded local bodies constituency, bringing much relief to
ousted chief minister Ashok Chavan who hails from the region.
Similarly, NCP candidates Anil Bhosale and Prabhakar
Gharge won from Pune and Sangli-Satara Local Bodies
respectively since there was no opposition.
Girish Bapat, BJP legislator from Pune, resigned from his
post as city unit party chief in protest against the decision
to withdraw the candidature of Chandrashekhar Bhosale from the
Pune local bodies seat.
There were speculations of a hidden understanding between
BJP and NCP in Pune, especially after Ajit Pawar (Baramati)
became the deputy chief minister.
However, BJP spokesman Madhav Bhandari rubbished the
speculations saying that his party did not have the numbers to
contest the Pune seat.
"Congress-NCP has 560 members in the local bodies, which
form the electoral college for the elections, while BJP-Sena
has only 92. Pune local bodies was the Shiv Sena seat and this
time the party said it did not want to contest from there.
Similarly, Bhosale was not authorised by BJP leadership
to file his papers," he said.
In Jalgaon local bodies constituency, Sena-BJP is facing
trouble in form of Manish Jain, son of NCP MP Ishwarlal Jain.
BJP sources say that Jalgaon strongman Suresh Jain, who
is now with the Sena, is backing Jain`s candidature against
Nikhil Khadse, the official candidate of the saffron alliance