Maharashtra BJP is yet to find a suitable candidate for the election to the state Legislative Council seat,which fell vacant after senior party leader Gopinath Mundes estranged nephew,Dhananjay Munde resigned from Upper House and joined NCP.
We are in search of a suitable candidate. BJP will contest the election. The last date of filing nominations is August 23 and we will announce our nominee before that, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council and BJP member Vinod Tawde said Friday.
Dhananjay Munde quits BJP and joined the Sharad Pawar-led party last month. NCP is part of the Congress-led coalition Government in Maharashtra,while BJP is the main Opposition party in the state Assembly.
Dhananjay,while joining the NCP,had stated that he would serve the party in whatever capacity he is asked to. He was elected to the Council from the Legislative Assembly quota and resigned three years ahead of his tenure.
Dhananjay reportedly wanted to contest the Parli Assembly seat in 2009 but his uncle Gopinath chose his daughter Pankaja and sent his nephew to the House to mollify him.
Parli is in Marathwada region which is a part of the Beed Lok Sabha seat presently represented by Gopinath Munde.