Updated: September 30, 2014 1:00:55 pm
The election form of senior Shiv Sena leader in Thane Anant Tare, who was hoping to contest on a BJP ticket after being overlooked by his own party in favour of sitting legislator Eknath Shinde, was on Monday rejected due to technical reasons by the election commission. Sources said Tare had been convinced to return to the Shiv Sena.
Tare has filed his nomination on the last day as a BJP candidate from Kopri-Paanchpakhadi constituency against Eknath Shinde. He had alleged that Shinde was junior to him in politics and that he would not tolerate his supremacy in Thane.
Tare admitted that on Sunday, he had been approached by senior Sena leaders, including Suryakant Mahadik and Sanjay Raut, who persuaded him to stay with the Sena.
“I was approached by (Sena executive president) Uddhav Thackeray and Pratap Sarnaik. Eknath Shinde had also approached me and I have been assured by Uddhav Thackeray That the Sena will give me member of legislative council seat. I am happy to be back to my roots of 40 years,” added Tare.
In a bizarre twist, Tare however, told The Indian Express that he would file a complaint against an officer in the Wagle Estate nomination centre, with the election commission. The officer in question had locked him out of the nomination centre, he alleged.
“I reached at the nomination centre that time I had produced all the affidavits to the officer. He did not take any duplicate copies of the affidavits I had shown. I shown him the AB slip provided by the BJP party and he did not take the original of the same. He also showed me the clause stating that there was no need to attach the original slip to the nomination form. On the same grounds of technicality, my form got rejected,” said Anant Tare.
Tare added, “I then went to use the washroom right outside the nomination centre and the officer locked himself inside and did not open the door. Thus, I could not provide the original copies to him. Despite knocking the door for almost half an hour, he did not open the door until later. I finally left the nomination centre.”
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