Maha polls: Prez son`s candidature not discussed at CEC
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 19:06
New Delhi: The issue of candidature of Rajendra Shekhawat, son of President Pratibha Patil, for the Maharashtra assembly polls did not come up at the first meeting of the Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Congress today.

"Being ticklish, the issue did not come up at the meeting," Congress sources said after the nearly four-hour-long meeting in which party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were also present.

Rajendra alias Raosaheb Shekhawat wants a Congress ticket from the Amravati constituency in Vidarbha region of the state, once represented by his father Devisingh Shekhawat.

The seat is currently being held by Maharashtra Minister of State for Finance Sunil Deshmukh, who won it in 2004 by over 32,OOO votes.

Sons and daughters of several political leaders are aspirants for tickets for the October 13 Assembly polls in the state.

They include Amit Deshmukh, son of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Praneti Shinde, daughter of union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Rahul Thakre, son of PCC chief Manikrao Thakre, Sagar Meghe, son of party MP Datta Meghe.

Party sources said Congress President herself would have to take a call on some of these high profile candidatures.

Talk in Congress circle is that the PCC chief has now withdrawn his son's candidature and want to contest the polls himself. Party sources said it was for the high command to decide whether he can contest.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 19:06

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