Battle lines are drawn for the legislative council seat from Pune local authority constituency with a straight fight between the NCP and Congress even as BJP and NCP rebels remain in the fray after the last date of withdrawal on Saturday. The five candidates who remain in the fray are Anil Bhosale of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sanjay Jagtap of Congress, Ashok Yenpure of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), NCP rebel Vilas Lande and Independent Yashraj Parkhi.
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Bhosale would be contesting to get re-elected and retain the seat won by NCP in the previous election. Jagtap would be his main contender as the NCP rebel has extended support to Bhosale. The NCP has maximum number of elected representatives in the local civic bodies in the district followed by the Congress. The BJP has put up the candidate hoping the Shiv Sena and other smaller parties would support them.
The voting will take place on November 19 and counting of votes on November 22. The election has been necessitated as the term of the legislator representing the Pune local authority council seat is due to expire on December 5.
The Shiv Sena candidate withdrew candidature while the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidate was disqualified for not furnishing the required documents. Lande said he could not withdraw from the race due to technical reasons.
Lande extended support to NCP candidate Anil Bhosale. Lande, an NCP leader, had met Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil earlier this week and had threatened to rebel, but reportedly changed his mind after discussions with NCP leader Ajit Pawar.
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