Legislative assembly

Shiv Sena turns to resort politics ahead of Maha MLC polls; asks MPs to move to Powai Hotel

After urging allies in Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party to take responsibility for their own victory in the upcoming Legislative Council elections, the Shiv Sena once again turned to resort politics on Tuesday. Republic TV has learned that Shiv Sena asked his MLAs to stay at the Renaissance Hotel in Powai in Mumbai from June 18 to June 20. Elections for 10 vacant seats in the Legislative Council are scheduled for June 20.

Maharashtra MLC Elections

Eleven candidates are vying for 10 seats in the Legislative Council. The BJP fielded five candidates – Pravin Darekar, Shrikant Bharatiya, Ram Shinde, Uma Khapre and Prasad Lad – and backed former minister and ally Sadabhau Khot as an independent candidate.

The MVA alliance partners fielded two candidates each – Sachin Ahir and Aamsha Padvi from Sena, Eknath Khadse and Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar from NCP, and Bhai (Ashok) Jagtap and Chandrakant Handore from Congress.

As seen, the BJP fielded five candidates, while it has figures to elect only four candidates. Thus, the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance and its allies like the Independents were approached to elect the fifth candidate of the BJP. The BJP would need 22 votes from outside the party for its fifth candidate.

NCP and Shiv Sena have the numbers to get each of their two candidates elected. However, Congress would need 10 votes from its allies and independents to elect one of its MLC candidates.

Legislative Council elections a repeat of the Rajya Sabha in Maharashtra?

Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP failed to win Rajya Sabha’s fourth seat out of six in the state that went to the polls on June 10. The Congress party had lined up Imran Pratapgarhi for the polls while Praful Patel was lined up from the NCP. Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar got a run in the polls. The BJP had lined up Dr Anil Bonde, Piyush Goyal and Dhananjay Mahadik from the state.

Of the 284 valid votes, Goyal polled 48, Bonde 48, Mahadik 41.56, Raut 41, Pratapgarhi 44 and Patel 43. The contest was for the sixth seat – the BJP had lined up former MP Dhananjay Mahadik and candidate Shiv Sena was Sanjay Pawar, who lost.