NCP releases list of 131 candidates
A day after partying its ways from long time ally, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday released a list of 131 candidates.
The party has fielded Pushpasen Sawant from Kudal in Sindhudurg district against Congress leader Narayan Rane. Sawant is a former Congressman, who had quit the party after former Shiv Sena leader Rane joined it.
BJP announces 172 candidates
The BJP also released its first list of 172 candidates for the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly elections.The list has been announced just a day before the last date for filing of nominations.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Eknath Khadse and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Vinod Tawde, besides BJP's Maharashtra unit president Devendra Fadnavis are among the 36 sitting MLAs fielded by the party for the upcoming polls.
While Fadnavis, a sitting MLA will contest from Nagpur South West constituency, Khadse will be contesting from Muktainagar seat. Vinod Tawde, a sitting MLC, will contest from Borivali Assembly seat. Former Union Minister Gopinath Munde's eldest daughter Pankaja, a sitting MLA, will contest from the Parli Assembly constituency.
Prithviraj Chavan quits as CM
The moment NCP withdrew its support from the ruling Government in the State, ending its 15-year alliance with the Congress, State CM Prithviraj Chavan also tendered his resignation to the governor on Friday evening.
Reports say following Chavan's resignation, President's rule will be imposed in the State till the new Government takes over after the Assembly polls on 15 October.
Congress calls off alliance with Samajwadi Party
The Congress on Saturday called off its alliance with the Samajwadi Party. According to a report in CNN IBN, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan called on State SP leaders and informed that he hasn't got an approval from the high command.
Following NCP's announcment of going alone in the Assembly polls, Chavan said that the Congress will go to polls along with Mulayam Singh's Samajwadi Party. As per the deal, the SP was offered 8 seats.