While Congress and NCP are engaged in a tussle over seat sharing in Maharashtra, the state unit of the BJP has already finalised 10 candidates and recommended them to party’s central election committee for approval, party sources said. The state unit is learnt to have formally recommended former party chief Nitin Gadkari’s name from Nagpur.
Party sources said the BJP has decided to re-nominate seven of its nine sitting Lok Sabha MPs from the state for the coming elections. The seven seats are Akola, Beed, Chandrapur, Dindori, Jalna, Jalgaon and Raver.
The fate of party’s other two sitting MPs, from Ahmednagar and Dhule, hangs in balance. Sources said there was no unanimity on the names of these seats and indicated that sitting legislators may be denied the candidature. The state unit’s top brass was slated to meet in a few days to consider candidates for these two seats.
Party leaders dismissed the suggestions of anti-incumbency against their legislators, saying it was the ruling Congress-NCP members who were facing anti-incumbency. Party deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, party leaders said, was only one-term MP and the state unit has recommended his name as well from Beed Lok Sabha constituency.
Under the electoral alliance, BJP will contest 26 in the state while Shiv Sena will contest the remaining 22 seats.