With political parties managing to get the rebels withdraw from the fray, all eight Assembly seats in Pune city are going to witness a straight fight between the five established parties.
The Congress was facing the maximum number of rebels in the city with its sitting corporator Datta Bahirat and former mayor Datta Gaikwad filing nominations against party candidate Vinayak Nimhan in Shivajinagar Assembly segment, but they withdrew from the fray on directions of the state leaders.
Congress candidate Abhay Chhajed, sitting corporator and city Congress chief, was facing rebellion from Jayashree Bagul, wife of senior Congress leader and Deputy Mayor Ulhas Bagul, and former corporator Anil Jadhav. Bagul withdrew her nomination at the last minute. The NCP was facing rebellion from sitting party corporator Shivlal Bhosale who had filed his nomination as an Independent from Parvati Assembly segment against party candidate Subhash Jagtap. Bhosale was convinced by the party to withdraw from the contest.
The RPI (A) candidate Navnath Kamble withdrew from Pune Cantonment seat on directions of the party leaders to make way for BJP candidate Dilip Kamble to contest as ally candidate.