For Lok Sabha poll in Maharashtra, NCP has announced its list of 18 candidates, including Union Minister Praful Patel and Maharashtra Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, party’s OBC face.
Anand Paranjape, who is the sitting member of Shiv Sena from Kalyan-Dombivali, is now the NCP nominee from the seat while the party has fielded former Deputy Chief Minister Vijaysinh Mohite Patil from Madha also featured in the list declared on Thursday.
The Madha seat was represented by party supremo Sharad Pawar in the outgoing Lok Sabha. Pawar has now become a member of Rajya Sabha.
Bhujbal has been nominated from Nashik replacing his nephew Samir Bhujbal. Pawar had indicated that some Maharashtra Ministers will be asked to contest the Lok Sabha poll.
Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule has been renominated from his pocket borough of Baramati, Praful Patel from Bhandara-Gondia, Sanjeev Naik from Thane, Sanjay Dina Patil from Mumbai Northeast, Padamsing Patil from Usmanabad and Udayanraje Bhosale from Satara.
Manish Jain, son of party’s Rajya Sabha member Ishwarchand Jain, has been made a nominee from Raver while Dhananjay Mahadik will fight the poll from Kolhapur, Navneet Rana from Amravati, Bharti Pravin Pawar from Dindori, Rajiv Rajale from Ahmednagar, Krishnarao Ingle from Buldhana, Devdatta Nikam from Shirur and Vijay Bhamle from Parabhani.
The announcement was made by party spokesman DP Tripathi who told reporters that a decision on four Maharashtra seats–Hingoli, Beed, Mawal and Hathkanangale– is still pending and exchange of any of these seats with Congress is still possible.
Talk is that Congress would like to get Hingoli seat for Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav.
The party also announced six candidates from other regions including RS Uma Bharathy from Andaman and Nicobar, Gicho Kabak from Western Arunachal Pradesh, PP Mohd Faizal from Lakshadweep, Fazle Masood from Devaria (Gujarat) and Ghazi Saaduddin Zaheer Ahmed from Nagina (UP).
(With inputs from agencies)