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Maha elections throw up interesting political combinations

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Interesting political permutations and combinations have emerged in polls for two seats, an Assembly seat and six seats in Maharashtra, scheduled this month.

Bypolls for and Bhandara-Gondia constituencies and seat will be held on May 28.

The by-elections were necessitated because of the resignation of as the MP from Bhandara-Gondia and deaths of sitting MP (near Mumbai) and MLA (Palus-Kadegaon).

Major parties are in a seat-sharing agreement for the May 21 (MLC) biennial elections for six seats from local bodies constituencies.

With fielding Wanga's son Shriniwas in Palghar, the seat has become crucial for BJP, which has fielded Rajendra Gavit, former MLA and and MoS for sports. Congress' Damoo Barku Shingada and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi's Baliram Jadhav are also in the fray.

"played an unexpected and unfortunate game of fielding Shriniwas Wanga but will win these elections," Keshav Upadhye, state BJP spokesperson, said.

Despite Chief stressing on BJP having a strong base in district, the last-minute induction of Gavit hasn't sent out a good message, a said.

Fadnavis defended Gavit's candidature saying, "There are 10 per cent people who join BJP from other parties because of our work and vision for development."

MP said, "BJP has fielded Gavit, who contested the 2014 election against Wanga and lost. This indicates that BJP lacks confidence," he added.

Sena had cornered BJP by extending its support to candidate in the Palus-Kadegaon bypoll. The death of Kadam's father and former in March necessitated the bypoll.

BJP today withdrew from the fray, ensuring that Vishwajit's win is a formality. Kadam will now face a few independent candidates on May 21.

The last-minute withdrawal of nomination by candidate in the Osmanabad-Latur-Beed local authorities constituency has left his party red-faced.

Karad, a staunch supporter of and for women and child development and rural development Pankaja Munde, had joined and immediately dclared the candidate.

has decided to support Ashok Jagdale, who today issued a statement saying, "If elected, I will join NCP in the "

BJP has fielded former NCP minister for this bypoll.

In the Parbhani-Hingoli local authorities constituency BJP rebel is in fray, along with Shiv Sena's Viplav Bajoria and Congress'

BJP's member and former has declared his support to NCP candidate in the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local authorities constituency, against Sena's

The six Council bypolls are being held as three members of NCP, two of BJP, and a are retiring from the of the on June 21.

The six constituencies where Council polls will be held are: Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Parbhani-Hingoli, Nashik, Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli, Amravati, and Osmanabad-Latur-Beed.

The Congress and the NCP jointly ruled for 15 years from 1999 to 2014. However, their alliance fell ahead of the October 2014 Assembly polls, which saw the BJP coming to power in the state.

Assembly polls are due in Maharashtra in the second half of 2019.

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