Council polls: Cong, NCP candidates file nominations
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Last Updated: Monday, May 31, 2010, 15:33
Mumbai: Three Congress candidates Monday filed nominations for the June 10 biennial elections to Maharashtra Legislative Council here.

- MPCC spokesperson Hussain Dalwai, General Secretary Sanjay Dutt and former Pune mayor Dipti Chaudhary filed papers this morning in the presence of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and state Congress president Manikrao Thakre.

NCP candidates Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Prakash Binsale and Vinayak Mete also filed their nomination papers for the Council polls.

The deadline for filing the nomination papers ends this afternoon.

For getting elected in the first round itself, a candidate needs 27 first preference votes, where as Congress has 82 MLAs of its own who would be casting the votes.

Party sources claimed that Congress was being backed by 17 independents as well.

Talking to the reporters later, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said, "we will take a decision as to whom we should transfer additional votes."

As to whether Congress will field a fourth candidate or an independent one, Chavan said the decision would be taken before the nomination process ends.

Asked if Congress was trying to play it safe he said, "Every election is a challenge, but we have to be cautious."

"No party has required extra votes to get an additional candidate elected," he said.


First Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 15:33

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