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NCP rebel in fray for Konkan local bodies council elections

Written by: Staff
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Mumbai, May 12 (UNI) The presence of NCP rebel Umesh Shete in the fray for the Maharashtra Legislative Council biennial elections to Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg-Raigad (Konkan)local bodies constituency scheduled for May 26 has made the election an interesting affair.

NCP general secretary Gurunath Kulkarni said the party will issue a whip to all its members from the local bodies in Konkan region to vote for the official candidate. ''Mr Shete, who is the Ratnagiri Nagar Parishad president will be asked to resign from the post if he wants to contest'', he added.

Apart from Konkan,the other local bodies constituencies where biennial elections will be held to fill in vacancies are Nashik, Amravati, Parbhani-Hingoli, Chandrapur-Gadchiroli-Wardha and Osmanabad-Latur.

The NCP has officially fielded Bhaskar Jadhav, a former Shiv Sena from Chiplun Assembly constituency. He contested the 2004 Assembly election as an independent and lost. Mr Jadhav will take on sitting Shiv Sena MLC Anant Tare.

In Chandrapur-Wardha-Gadchiroli, there are two independents in the fray apart from the BJP and the NCP candidates. Elsewhere, there is straight fight between Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena-BJP.

The biennial elections were neccessitated as five sitting members are scheduled to retire on June 21 while one of them, will retire on May 31.

In Nashik local bodies, Dr Vasant Pawar of the NCP who is the retiring MLC is pitted against Dashrath Patil of the Shiv Sena. In Amravati local bodies, sitting member Jagdish Gupta of the BJP is pitted against Milind Chimote of Congress. In Parbhani-Hingoli,Suresh Deshmukh of the Congress is contesting against Anil Mudgalkar of the BJP.

In Chandrapur-Gadchiroli-Wardha, NCP member Ramdas Tadas is pitted against Sameer Kunnawar of the BJP. While in Osmanabad-Latur, Dilip Deshmukh of the Congress is pitted against two independents, Atul Bagal and Sanjay Nimbalkar.

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