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Nominations from today; parties wait & watch

The notification for the October 13 Assembly elections will be issued on Friday but the real action will not begin for a while as most parties are adopting a wait-and-watch policy to minimise defections from their rank and file.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
September 18, 2009 2:07:01 am

The notification for the October 13 Assembly elections will be issued on Friday but the real action will not begin for a while as most parties are adopting a wait-and-watch policy to minimise defections from their rank and file. With Friday heralding the acceptance of nomination forms from candidates,no political party except the third front has declared its official candidates for the eight assembly segments in the city.

What is clearly on the cards is an effort by all to keep a tight grip on fielding candidates so that there is little time for rebels to crop up or give opportunities for poaching of their candidates by other parties.

The tussle for tickets has peaked in all parties with contenders pulling out all stops to get party nomination. In fact,some wannabe legislators are camping in Delhi to get the blessings of the high command.

NCP spokesperson Ankush Kakade said almost all the political parties are adopting the same strategy – of wait and watch – to ensure that they do not lose their disgruntled leaders to other political parties. “The candidates’ list will be in three phases — the first comprising ministers who are the unchallenged contenders; the second phase of those who do not have many opponents within the party; the final list would include those from the assembly segment where there is likelihood of rebellion,” he said.

He said the process of bringing out the candidates’ list would continue till the last date of filing nominations.

“The sale as also the acceptance of nomination forms will begin tomorrow and will continue till September 25. All necessary arrangements have been made,” said Rajendra Muthe,election officer-in-charge,Kothrud assembly segment.

He said the nomination form will be available at Rs 10 each at the election office between 11 am and 3 pm.

It is another matter that the election machinery may be ready to start the process but there is still much confusion among the political parties over candidature. “We are yet to decide on the candidates. The filing of nomination can begin only after the party announces the name of official candidate,” said MNS leader Ravindra Dhangekar,who is the main contender for MNS from Kasba Peth assembly segment.

There will be a meeting of party leaders on Friday to decide on the strategy for the polls,he said. This means that during the next one week some parties may be getting ready to poach on the disgruntled leaders of other parties who in their opinion have the potential of winning. “We are contesting the assembly polls for the first time and have shortlisted a few to contest the elections. Many leaders from other parties are showing interest in contesting on the MNS ticket,” a senior MNS leader said,justifying the delay in announcing its candidates.

Senior leaders of various parties,meanwhile,are busy ensuring that there is no hobnobbing of the disgruntled leaders who are on the radar of opponents for poaching and many are towing the official line of discipline right now. “I have sought the party ticket from Parvati assembly segment and have made all preparations for contesting the elections. However,the senior leaders have personally urged all the contenders to work for the party candidate if they don’t get the ticket,” a BJP leader said.

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