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Time for Lok Sabha poll contestants to repay favour

Several local leaders of different parties who had supported the Lok Sabha candidates earlier in the year are now aspiring to contest the Assembly polls.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune |
September 7, 2009 3:09:41 am

Several local leaders of different parties who had supported the Lok Sabha candidates earlier in the year are now aspiring to contest the Assembly polls. They expect the Lok Sabha candidates to do their bit now by supporting them.

The Lok Sabha polls saw a tough fight between contestants. Congress candidate Suresh Kalmadi had a close finish with BJP’s Anil Shirole. Kalmadi won by a margin of just over 25,000 votes. MNS candidate Ranjit Shirole and BSP candidate D S Kulkarni bagged around 76,000 and 63,000 votes. Ticket aspirants from the BJP can hope for help from Anil Shirole who is not contesting the Assembly polls. “I have conveyed to party lead I am ready to take whatever responsibility is given to me,” he said.

He said he has identified the shortfalls that robbed him of victory. “I will guide the contestants on overcoming them,” Shirole said. As for Ranjit Shirole,he is not averse to contesting the Assembly polls. The MNS performance in Lok Sabha polls was impressive considering it was contesting the first time. “The party has realized its strength in the city and will capitalise on it in the Assembly polls,” he said. “The MNS has started over 100 new offices in the city to cover all assembly segments,” he said.

MP Suresh Kalmadi,who has been appointed by the Congress as a member of the election committee has started holding meetings for the campaign of candidates who will contest in the city. “The Congress will be contesting in the city under the guidance of Kalmadi,” a Congress leader said. Assembly poll aspirants from the BSP may not get much of a support from builder-turned-politician Kulkarni as he is not expected to be active.

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