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NCP may scout for new faces in three LS seats in Maha

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Workers of Sharad Pawar-led NCP have opposed continuation of the candidature of three of four sitting MPs in for the 2019 polls over various reasons.

The only sitting whose candidature was not opposed at the two-day party meeting of workers and legislators, which concluded Sunday, was Pawar's daughter who represents Baramati seat in district, sources said.

Besides Baramati, the had won Kolhapur, Satara and Madha seats in the 2014 polls. These constituencies are repersented by Dhananjay Mahadik, Udayanraje Bhosale and Vijaysinh Mohite Patil, respectively.

The NCP has also decided to contest one more seat from region, which will be other than North East constituency which had been represented by Sanjay Dina Patil, according to sources.

Udayanraje Bhosale's candidature was opposed in the previous term as well, but as none of party workers could come up with better candidate, the Maratha royal was given another term.

"The leaders such as Bhosale and Mohite-Patil have not helped party in any way in the last four years. It is better if new candidates get chance to represent Satara and Madha constituencies," said a

However, NCP said, "Some fresh names have been suggested for the constituencies which we had won in 2014, but it does not mean there is an opposition to the existing ones".

He said the NCP workers are keen to contest one more seat from region.

"They have expressed their views. The decision will be taken in coming days," Patil said without elaborating.

Former IAS Prabhakar Deshmukh, who was present at the meeting, has expressed his desire to contest from Madha, sources said.

Deshmukh hogged limelight in 2014 when his declared assets were to the tune of Rs 200 crore.

Local leaders from Kolhapur have opposed the candidature of Mahadik because his cousin and latter's wife (Shoumika) were elected on tickets in assembly and zilla parishad elections.

Another reason for opposing Mahadik's candidature is that outfit floated by his uncle has forged an alliance with the in Kolhapur municipal corporation, they said.

Mahadev Mahadik controlls cooperative milk dairy (Gokul) which has an annual turnover of Rs 1,200 crore. He recently decided to expand the operations of the dairy in multiple states despite the opposition from most of the local NCP leaders.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 23:05 IST