Voting for the state legislative council seat from Pune local authority constitutency would take place on Saturday with its impact likely to be in the forthcoming civic polls for which the political parties have already started preparations.
The five candidates in fray are Anil Bhosale of NCP, Sanjay Jagtap of Congress, Ashok Yenpure of BJP, NCP rebel Vilas Lande and independent Yashraj Parkhi. Lande has extended support to NCP candidate urging his supporters to stand by Bhosale as he could not withdraw the nomination before the deadline for withdrawal. The Shiv Sena has extended support to BJP candidate while the MNS has decided to stay away from voting after its candidate was disqualified for not furnishing the required documents. Bhosale would be contesting to get re-elected and retain the seat won by NCP in the previous election. The district Congress chief Jagtap would be his main contender as the NCP rebel has extended support to Bhosale. The counting of votes will happen on November 22. The election has been necessitated as the term of the legislator representing the Pune council seat is due to expire on Dec 5.