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BJP withdraws from race for Palus-Kadegaon Assembly bypoll

Press Trust of India  |  Sangli (Maha) 

nominee Vishwakeet Kadam's election from Assembly seat in the bypoll scheduled later this month is a mere formality now as the main rival BJP has withdrawn from the race.

The bypoll, scheduled on May 28, was necessitated because of the death of sitting MLA and former

The has fielded his son from the seat.

The BJP had earlier finalised the candidature of for the byelection to Palus- Assembly constituency in Maharashtra's Sangli's district.

Deshmukh is the of and of Cooperative Bank.

On the last day of withdrawl of nomination papers today, told reporters at Kadepur taluka in Sangli that the BJP will not contest the bypoll.

The had last week announced its support for the Congress nominee.

Vishwajeet Kadam, the son of Patangrao Kadam, is the only mainstream candidate now in fray for the byelection.

He had unsuccessfully contested from the Pune Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 elections.

He inherits a strong legacy from his father in the form of control over a Sangli-based cooperative sugar mill, several dairies, educational institutes and cooperative societies in the western district.

The winner of the bypoll will hold the office for just over a year, as the term of the current Assembly ends in October 2019.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 16:45 IST
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