After Chavan’s pep talk, sulking Nimhan joins Cong-NCP poll campaign

Prithviraj Chavan and Vinayak Nimhan on Wednesday. (Photo: Deepak Aawle) Prithviraj Chavan and Vinayak Nimhan on Wednesday. (Photo: Deepak Aawle)

Staying away from the election campaign of Pune Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam after being denied ticket, Congress legislator Vinayak Nimhan on Wednesday participated in a Congress-NCP rally after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan personally urged him to work for the official party candidate.

Nimhan had staked claim to contest from the Pune seat on a party ticket and had undertaken several programmes to catch the attention of the party high command. However, local leaders had opposed his claim citing that he was earlier in the Shiv Sena and there were other loyal Congress leaders in the city.

After the party shortlisted Kadam, upset Nimhan stayed away from all the party functions. This raised concern in the Congress as MNS, AAP and BJP have been posing a tough challenge to the party.

Supporters of Nimhan had told Chavan that injustice was done to their leader. “The party should at least include him in the state cabinet,” they said.

Chavan said Nimhan is an efficient leader and has been working hard for the development in the city. “His issues will be addressed,” he assured. Earlier, sitting Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi also extended support to Kadam after he and his wife were denied tickets.