Maharashtra polls: BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress join hands to topple NCP's Jayant Patil from Islampur

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Mumbai, Thursday, Oct 2: As Maharashtra is going to test its fate on October 15 assembly elections, in the first ever contest sans 'any alliance', the Islampur constituency of Sangli district of the state, has given birth to a new and an unexpected alliance!

The strange tie-up deal has been made among BJP, Congress and Shiv Sena to wipe out the NCP's high-profile candidate Jayant Patil.

According to an Indian Express report, Congress candidate Vaibhav Pawar and Shiv Sena candidate Bhimrao Mane withdrew their nomination on Wednesday.

The founder of Swabhimani Paksha (an alliance of NDA) , Raju Shetti has decided to contest the poll as an independent candidate.

The common 'enmity' with Jayant Patil is strong that all three political rivals have joined hands in toppling him in the upcoming elections.

Shetti was quoted as saying, "I have no problem joining hands with the Congress when it is against Jayant Patil."

However, Patil, the finance and rural development minister of the state has trashed the allegations levelled by BJP and Congress leaders.

He said, "Let them join hands against me. I am ready to battle their collective strength. My connect with the voters is deep. I have won the Islampur constituency six consecutive times since 1989."

In the last assembly elections, Jayant Patil had won by a margin of 54,00 votes, by defeating an independent candidate, who was supported by the Shiv Sena.

Ironically, the urge to defeat the 'common enemy' Jayant Patil, has bring the opponents together for Islampur contest.

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