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Cannot wait for final list: Shiv Sena,BJP start their poll campaign

The seat-sharing arrangement between the Shiv Sena and the BJP for the eight assembly segments in Pune is yet to be officially announced and the candidates yet to be finalised.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
September 14, 2009 2:22:45 am

The seat-sharing arrangement between the Shiv Sena and the BJP for the eight assembly segments in Pune is yet to be officially announced and the candidates yet to be finalised. But with exactly a month to go for the polls,the two parties are not waiting for it to start their campaign.

The BJP has started reaching out to voters of Kasba Peth,Shivajinagar,Parvati and Khadakwasla segments and the Shiv Sena is focusing on Kothrud,Wadgaonsheri,Pune Cantonment and Hadapsar.

“It was improper for us to reach out to voters with no information on which alliance partner would contest which seat. There is little time for campaigning and there is no announcement yet,either on seat sharing or candidates. We have conveyed our confusion to senior leaders,” a BJP leader said.

There have been indications from the party leadership on launching a public outreach programme in the segments likely to be contested by the party,said the leader.

All major political parties are yet to announce seat-sharing and candidates for the October 13 polls. Some leaders have been saying that the candidates’ list as well as seat sharing have been finalised,but a formal announcement is being delayed fearing a likely rebellion from those who lose out in the ticket race or poaching by rivals.

Sena-BJP leaders here are certain that four seats will be contested by each in the city.

Kasba Peth assembly segment is almost certain to be contested by the BJP and city unit chief Girish Bapat is likely to be the candidate for the third time,a party leader said. The BJP is also set to contest Shivajinagar,Parvati and Khadakwasla.

The Shiv Sena too has started reaching out to voters and probable candidates are making all efforts to cover the assembly segments which the party is likely to contest. The probable candidates in Kothrud,Hadapsar,Vadgaonsheri and Pune Cantonment have been reportedly asked to start a door-to-door campaign. But they are not sure who will contest from where. “The candidates are announced by the party high command and we won’t discuss it. We have started the campaign irrespective of who gets the ticket,” a Sena probable said.

There were six assembly segments in the city in 2004,but it jumped to eight after delimitation. In 2004,the BJP had contested Kasba Peth,Parvati and Bopodi while the Sena contested Bhavani Peth,Shivajinagar and Pune Cantonment. The two parties managed to win only one seat each,Kasba Peth went to the BJP and Shivajinagar to the Sena.

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