Nineteen constituencies across Maharashtra with an estimated 3.25 crore electorate will go to polls on Thursday to decide the fate of 358 candidates, including Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde.
Even though controversy dogged him since he took over as Union Home Minister for making some questionable statements, Sushil Kumar Shinde looks well set to romp home to a fourth Lok Sabha term from this traditional Congress bastion where the BJP challenge appears insipid despite the perceived "Modi wave".
Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who began a protest demanding action against some policemen who had refuse to cooperate with State Law Minister during a raid last week.
While the CBI is due to file a status report in the Gujarat High Court in connection with the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that those guilty should be brought to justice.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who visited Chhattisgarh on Friday, five days after the deadly Naxal attack here, said that there will be a thorough probe into the incident to ascertain if there were any lapse in the security.