Mumbai: It will be a face-off between the
Shiv Sena and the NCP during the Legislative Council
by-elections for two seats slated for February 21 and 28.
The by-election was necessitated due to the resignation
of former Sena MLC Kiran Pawaskar, who joined the NCP, while
the Nashik local bodies seat fell vacant due to the death of
sitting MLC Vasant Pawar of the NCP.
NCP has nominated Pawaskar for the Legislative Council
seat to be filled in from the MLA quota. Shiv Sena has fielded
Rahul Narvekar for the February 21 by-poll.
In Nashik, NCP`s Jayant Jadhav will face Sena`s Nivrutti
Jadhav on February 28.
Today was the last date of withdrawal of nomination
NCP has said both its candidates have the support of the
Congress, its coalition partner in the government.
In the House of 288 MLAs, Congress has 82 and NCP 62,
while the Sena has 45 and its coalition partner BJP 46.
For the MLA quota, the winning candidate will require 145
votes to win.