The BJP has decided to field Kanchan Kul, wife of Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) MLA Rahul Kul, against NCP MP Supriya Sule from Baramati Lok Sabha seat. Sule, the daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has won the seat in the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Kanchan’s name features in the second list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections released by the BJP on Saturday. “We are prepared to contest the Baramati seat and are confident of winning it,” said Rahul Kul, who is the MLA from Daund.
The RSP is headed by Mahadeo Jankar, who had contested against Sule in Baramati in 2014 and given her a tough fight. Sule had managed to win by only 69,000 votes despite Baramati being the stronghold of the Pawar family for decades.
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The BJP had earlier said it will field a candidate who will contest on the BJP symbol but the RSP had insisted that it should be allowed to contest the seat on its own symbol. Kanchan Kul, however, will contest on the BJP symbol.
The BJP-Sena alliance zeroed in on Kanchan as she is from Baramati taluka while Rahul Kul is from Daund taluka. Both Baramati and Daund are part of the Baramati parliamentary seat.
Rahul Kul was earlier a member of the NCP and was considered close to Pawar, before leaving the party to join the RSP. Kanchan’s mother-in-law Ranjana Kul is a former NCP legislator from Daund.