Addressing a poll rally in Balapur in the east Maharashtra city, Pawar also accused the BJP-led Central and Maharashtra governments of "not being concerned" about the plight of farmers, whom he appealed to defeat the ruling party in the October 21 Assembly elections.
Stunning the state BJP unit in the fourth list of candidates released Friday, the BJP replaced Vinod Tawde, and Chandrasekhar Bawankule (both sitting ministers), Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta (former ministers in the Fadnavis government) and the party’s chief whip in the Assembly, Raj Purohit.
Malad West has been a Congress bastion for over 20 years, and its two-term MLA Aslam Shaikh is now contesting the state election for the third time. Before 2009, Kandivali and Malad together formed the Kandivali constituency, and Congress member P U Mehta was its elected representative.
Amravati district has provided equitable electoral success to all political parties. It has given fractured mandate over the past six Assembly elections with Congress candidates winning 14 seats, BJP 13 and Shiv Sena 11 and smaller parties six times.
Only two days are left for the nominations to be filed. The Congress and the NCP had earlier declared that the constituents of the alliance and the seat-sharing arrangement will be declared on Wednesday afternoon.
NCP had offered the seat to ally Congress after it failed to find a strong candidate to challenge former NCP Satara MP Udayanraje Bhosale, who would be contesting the October 21 bypoll on a BJP ticket.
After announcing 51 of its candidates on September 29, the Congress, on Tuesday, declared another 52. The party, which is contesting the poll in an alliance with the NCP, is expected to field candidates on 125 out of the 288 seats.
Sharad Bhimaji Sonawane meets MNS president Raj Thackeray at his Krishnakunj residence in Shivaji Park. Sonawane is the lone Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidate to have won the assembly election.