NEW DELHI :
Out of the 125 seats, 52 sitting MLAs given tickets again while 12 sitting MLAs were denied the tickets
THE BJP on Tuesday announced the first list of 125 candidates for Assembly polls in Maharashtra election, which are scheduled to be held on October 21. Out of the 125 seats, 52 sitting MLAs have been given tickets again while 12 sitting MLAs were denied the tickets by the party. BJP’s first list has 125 names while the remaining names will be announced in a day or two. Shiv Sena has also released a list of 124 seats. A few seats will go to other alliance partners. Prominent among those who have been fielded again in the fray include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who will contest from Nagpur South-West seat, State unit party chief Chandrakant Patil from Kothrud and Pankaja Munda from Parli.
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who quit the Congress and joined the BJP recently, will be contesting from Shirdi whereas State Minister Girish Mahajan has been given the ticket from Jamner. Fadnavis’ personal assistant (PA) Abhimanyu Pawar has also been fielded from Ausa. In addition to these, the BJP also announced that Udayanraje Bhosale will be the party candidate for the Lok Sabha by-poll to be held in Satara constituency. Bhosale had earlier met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and tendered his resignation as an NCP MP and later joined the BJP in the presence of top party leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah, working president JP Nadda and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The party has also given tickets to new entrants like Vikhe Patil, who will contest from Shirdi. The new entrant from the Congress Harshwardhan Patil has been fielded from Indapur seat. Sweta Mahale will contest from Chikhli constituency.
Shiv Sena declares 70 candidates
AFTER declaring the constituencies where it will contest elections from, Shiv Sena released its first list of candidates on Tuesday evening for the October 21 Assembly elections. Prominent name among the candidates is of Aaditya Thackeray, who will contest from Worli seat to become the first from Thackeray family to take electoral plunge.
The list also includes incumbent State Ministers Eknath Shinde, Jaidutt Kshirsagar, Gulabrao Patil, Sanjay Rathod, and also Abdul Sattar and Bhaskar Jadhav who crossed over to Sena from Congress-Nationalist Congress Party. Encounter specialist Mumbai cop Pradeep Sharma has been fielded from Nalasopara while Pandurang Sapkal will contest from Mumbadevi constituency, hitherto a Bharatiya Janata Party bastion. Declaration of candidates has also led to a massive revolt in the party as 200 members from the Navi Mumbai unit tendered their resignations.