Stiff contest from party rebels Vilas Patil Undalkar and Atul Bhosale in Karad South Assembly seat has kept Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on his toes forcing him to make a trip to the constituency every week.
Karad South has been a Congress stronghold with sitting legislator Undalkar getting elected seven times from the seat. With Chavan deciding to contest from his hometown, Undalkar has now declared his intention to contest the seat even if he does not get the party ticket. “I have nurtured the seat for so long. People have been expressing confidence in me and they will not make me suffer,” he said reiterating that he will not give into any pressure.
The BJP, meanwhile, is also keeping a close watch. In addition to Undalkar, the party has set its eyes on Atul Bhosale, who had contested Karad North on NCP ticket. Bhosale’s family has been traditionally with the Congress and he too was hoping for the party ticket from Karad South. He has announced his decision to contest.
At a series of meetings Thursday, Chavan told party workers, “My clean image and good work for the state and Karad would see me through to the Assembly,” avoiding any comments on the dissidents.