Mumbai: Eleven candidates are left in the
fray for the biennial election to the Maharashtra Legislative
Council on June 10, with former Congress MLC Kanhaiyalal
Gidwani withdrawing from the arena today.
The announcement that Gidwani, who filed papers as an
independent, has pulled out from the race, was made by
Principal Secretary, Legislature, Anant Kalase at Vidhan
"I have withdrawn from the race to facilitate easy
victory of Congress candidates," Gidwani told reporters here.
"After scrutiny of papers on June 1, nomination papers of
three candidates each of Congress and NCP, two each of Shiv
Sena and BJP, and two independents, Gidwani and Vijay Sawant,
were found valid," Kalase, who is the Returning officer for
the election, said.
The presence of two Independent candidates belonging to
the Congress in the fray had made the election a keen contest.
Now with Gidwani withdrawing, Sawant may have a chance to
win the poll, Revenue Minister Narayan Rane said.
Today was the last date for withdrawal of papers.
Gidwani, who has also filed papers for the biennial Rajya
Sabha poll on June 17, said he would decide on his candidature
for Rajya Sabha polls "at the appropriate time".
The important candidates in fray are Congress` Sanjay
Dutt, Hussain Dalwai and Dipti Chaudhary; NCP`s Ramraje Naik
Nimbalkar, Vinayak Mete and Prakash Binsale; BJP`s Shobha
Phadanvis and Dhananjay Munde; and Shiv Sena candidates Anil
Parab and Diwakar Raote.
The 288-elected members of the Legislative Assembly form
the electoral college for the biennial election to the Upper