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
The deadline for filing the nomination papers ends this
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.