Shiv Sena, NCP, INC, the trio which formed the Maha Vikas Aghadhi alliance seem to be at loggerheads ahead of Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) election scheduled to be held on 21 May. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has warned his alliance partner INC to withdraw its candidate or else he won’t contest elections, sources said.
On Sunday, INC leaders Ashok Chavan, Nitin Raut, and Balasaheb Thorat held a meeting during which it was decided the party won’t withdraw its second candidate and Shiv Sena is free to take its decision, sources said. Currently, there are 10 candidates in the fray for 9 vacant seats of the legislative council.
The INC nominated two candidates on Saturday for the upcoming MLC elections. The party had earlier decided to field only one candidate for the 21 May election.
But, on Saturday evening, state INC chief Balasaheb Thorat tweeted that Rajkishore, alias Papa Modi, will be party’s second candidate besides Rajesh Rathod, Jalna Zilla Parishad member, whose name was announced from Delhi. He was confident that both will win, Thorat added.
The ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra has finalised candidatures of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and senior leader Neelam Gorhe for the 21 May MLC polls. Gorhe is the sitting deputy chairman of the Legislative Council. Getting elected to either Houses of the state legislature is a Constitutional obligation for Thackeray, who is currently not an elected member.
Earlier, CMThackeray on Friday said his government may seek the deployment of central reserve forces in the state to provide some breather to the overstretched and overworked police personnel. Uddhav also denied that there was any plan to deploy the Army in Mumbai.
Maintaining that many were working under enormous stress for the last two months, Uddhav said that there is a need to provide some relief to such overworked workers. So far, 618 policemen in the state have been infected with COVID-19.