Even as the Congress high command is actively considering a proposal to nominate former chief minister Ashok Chavan or wife Ameeta for the Nanded Lok Sabha seat, sitting Congress MP Bhaskarrao Patil Khatgaonkar has objected to Ameeta’s nomination. Ironically, Khatgaonkar, a three-time MP from Nanded, is Chavan’s brother-in-law.
Senior party sources confirmed that Khatgaonkar met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Saturday to complain that he was being overlooked despite being the sitting MP. Sources said that while Khatgaonkar had no objection if Ashok Chavan were to be given ticket, he told the CM that his name should be considered ahead of Ameeta.
There are two views within the party over Ashok Chavan’s nomination. While a popular view is that his nomination would boost the party’s prospects in the Marathwada region, there is another view that nominating him at a time when he is yet to be absolved of charges against him in the Adarsh housing society scam would hurt the party’s prospects.
“The party leadership is seized of the matter. I leave it to the party to decide. I will abide by the decision,” Ashok Chavan told the Indian Express ( see interview), when asked about the prospects of LS candidature for himself or his wife.
Sources also said Khatgaonkar wanted a Vidhan Sabha ticket if Ashok Chavan was to be nominated for his LS seat.
Meanwhile, state Congress president Manikrao Thakre is pushing for a ticket for his son Rahul for the Yavatmal seat. Thakre could claim the ticket for himself if Rahul is not nominated, sources said.
While the party wants to field state’s Education Minister Rajendra Darda from Aurangabad, Darda himself is understood to be reluctant.
The party is yet to announce its candidate for the Pune LS seat represented currently by tainted leader Suresh Kalmadi.
Meanwhile, Gadchiroli’s sitting MP Marotrao Kovase has also expressed his displeasure over being denied candidature.
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