The all India Congress Committee observer Nishith Vyas will be in the city on Saturday to scrutinise the probable Congress candidate for Pune Lok Sabha seat. As there are already two factions in the city Congress,the AICC observers visit is being seen as an opportunity for the aspirants to show their strength.
While Suresh Kalmadi,MP,has already started the campaign to reach out to the voters,his opponents have objected to the move pointing out when the AICC has not declared the candidature,how anyone can start the campaign.
There is a strong faction opposing Kalmadi in the city Congress. Mohan Joshi,who contested 1999 Lok Sabha elections and secured second position then,has stakes his claim this time. There are also other names in doing rounds including Ulhas Pawar,Anant Gadgil,Sharad Ranpise and Balasaheb Shivarkar,who are opposing Kalmadis candidature.
Sources said the anti-Kalmadi faction is all geared up to claim the candidature for one of the Congress loyalists. The failure at PMC elections was due to Kalmadi and it will be better that he is not given the candidature, said a loyalist leader.
Meanwhile,according to sources,Vyas had already reviewed situation in Baramati and Maval and had discussed with the party workers regarding probable candidates in both the constituencies. If Congress and NCP dont make alliance,there should be strong candidate of Congress in the region, said a Congress leader. The statement assumes significance in the backdrop of Supriya Sule of NCP contesting from Baramati constituency.