Amol Deshmukh, the youngest son of veteran Congress leader Ranjit Deshmukh, has decided to enter politics with a bang. And father’s birthday on May 29 has provided Amol the best platform to jump into political arena. With this plan up his sleeves, Amol has organized a grand celebration of father’s birthday at Takkamorey Lawns in Ramtek. Amol, according to sources, is planning to contest the next Assembly elections from Ramtek on Congress ticket and he has made his intentions clear in his wish-list before entering politics. The next few days will witness a series of social and cultural extravaganza in Ramtek and surrounding areas on the part of Amol Deshmukh that could best be termed as an exercise to establish public relations. Or intense lobbying for Assembly ticket.
Invitations for the birthday celebrations have gone to those who hold their social-political clout in Ramtek Assembly segment. Amol Deshmukh on Thursday morning made his political plan and aspiration public. He wants to be in Assembly election fray, and if Congress offered him a ticket, he would certainly contest from Ramtek seat. However, at present, Amol Deshmukh has been camping in Parsheoni Taluka and Ramtek Assembly segment and focusing on spreading a message pertaining to health scheme and Panchayati Raj benefits. But politics is in his blood and the political arena is not far away from his reach, the sources said.
The sources further said that the Congress, in today’s situation, is facing “shortage” of able candidates to be fielded for Ramtek Assembly seat. Subodh Mohite has no desire to fight election. Rather he plans to be an MLC of Congress or rejoin Shiv Sena and fight Assembly poll from Katol.
The present MLA from Saoner Sunil Kedar got a shot in the arm when Parsheoni Taluka was merged into Ramtek Assembly segment and his clout increased manifold. Subodh Mohite felt this “Kedar current” in the last election when he ‘disappointed’ the MLA over some issue. Now, it depends on Amol Deshmukh. Whether to sail along with Kedar or test his own muscles and force the 3-time Shiv Sena MLA from Ramtek Ashish Jaiswal seat in house. Hundreds of Ranjit Deshmukh loyalists may come as strong support to Amol in his bid to contest Ramtek Assembly seat, and win it, too.
Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha(rajeev.nagpurto