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BJP, Congress in direct fight in Jalna Lok Sabha seat

Press Trust of India  |  Jalna 

Sitting of the will look to continue his winning spree in this Lok Sabha constituency in where the is hoping to make an impact by raising water scarcity and farm issues.

Danve, who is also president, has been winning the parliamentary constituency since 1999.

However, the faced nervous moments when his local political rival of the announced a few weeks ago that he will contest against the sitting despite the two saffron parties having a pre-poll alliance.

The fued between Danve and Khotkar, a state minister, had threatened to derail the BJP's campaign and dent its prospects in this central constituency, which goes to the polls in the third phase on April 23.

It took several rounds of meetings between senior BJP and leaders to resolve the fued between the two warring politicians. Finally, Khotkar was pacified and he agreed to support the candidature of Danve.

Though there are 20 candidates in the fray, the main fight is likely to be between Danve and Vilas Autade of the Congress, which last won the seat way back in 1991.

The parliamentary constituency consists of six assembly segments spread across Aurangabad and districts in the Marathwada region of the state. There are around 18 lakh voters in the constituency.

Of these Assembly segments, the BJP has three MLAs (Bhokardan), (Badnapur) and (Phulambri), while the has two MLAs (Paithan) and

The has only one MLA Abdul Sattar (Sillod), who recently quit the party.

Besides Danve and Autade, Dalit Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi's Sharadchandra Wankhede and Mahendra Kachru Sonavane of the Bahujan Samaj Party, among others, are also in the fray.

The BJP is confident of Danve's victory after Khotkar decided to support of his candidature.

During his campaign tours, Danve has been reaching out to Shiv Sainiks in Badnapur, Bhokardan and Paithan assembly segments.

Recently, he held a meeting with Sena and former MLA Santosh Sambre and sought his support.

In 2014, Danve had defeated Autade by 2.633 lakh votes.

District BJP said it's going to be a "cake walk" for Danve this time because of development works carried out by him in the constituency.

"We have a good organisation here and we have done micro planning on 2,000 polling booths in the constituency," he said.

However, Autade said there is a great deal of resentment among farmers against Danve in the constituency which is facing water scarcity.

City said, "We are cornering the BJP over the issues of water scarcity, drought in the region, unemployment and non-fulfilment of promises made in run up to the last elections.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 18:20 IST