Maharashtra Assembly polls: Congress prepares list of candidates
NEW DELHI: Congress is said to have prepared the list
of most of its candidates for Maharashtra Assembly polls which could be out
tomorrow amid expectations that the seat sharing arrangement with its 15-year
old NCP would be clinched soon.
Party sources also indicated that there was a view
that kin of senior leaders should not be fielded and two tickets from a family
should not be given barring exceptional circumstances.
It can be possible only both of the candidates are
already sitting MLAs and in a winning condition or there is an exceptional
scenario, where somebody has a sure shot chance of winning the seat minus any
other credible alternative.
The talk in Congress circles was that several senior
leaders were keen to give tickets to their kith and kin, including former Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan, who was looking to field his wife Amita from Nanded,
Congress Campaign Committee chief Narayan Rane was looking for a ticket for his
son Nitesh from Konkan while PCC chief Manikrao Thakre wants his son Rahul to
be given a ticket from Yavatmal.
Others seeking a ticket to their kith and kin include
Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, who wants a ticket for one of his nephews
from Ahmednagar, while Transport minister Madhukar Chavan wants his son to
replace him as the party candidate from Tuljapur and Shivajirao Deshmukh wants
his son to contest from Shirala.
AICC sources indicated that while one of the family
members could be considered for a ticket, the leadership is not warm to the
idea of multiple members of a family contesting as it demoralises loyal
A senior party functionary speaking on the condition
of anonymity said that since the inauspicious Shradh Paksha ends by tomorrow
noon, the time by which the seat dispute between Congress is also likely to be
resolved after meetings in Maharashtra, the first list carrying most of the
candidates’ name could be out by the evening.
September 27 is the deadline for filing nominations. “After
all candidates have to be given at least a day or two to prepare for filing
nominations. So we have to declare all our candidates latest by September 25,”
the functionary said.
Indications of the alliance having been salvaged
emerged today after meetings with Congress and NCP leaders.
Asserting that it would not be responsible for any
break up of alliance with NCP, PCC chief Manikrao Thakre in Maharashtra today
asked the Sharad Pawar-led party to show flexibility and accept the
seat-sharing proposal mooted by it.
Congress and NCP leaders held an unscheduled meeting
this morning there and exchanged their respective proposals with regard to
distribution of seats ahead of the October 15 Assembly polls.