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    Published On : Tue, Dec 1st, 2015

    MLC election: Cong-BJP candidature almost decided; formal nod awaited

    Amidst tough contest, ball in BJP’s court

    Nagpur: The names of candidates from Congress as well as from BJP to contest elections from local self-governing bodies to the post of MLC are almost finalized, and awaiting a formal nod from their respective commands. As Congress candidate has received green signal, he is engaged in his pursuit. The BJP candidate too has been given hint to get ready with his fielding strategy.

    The BJP is right now hesitant to declare the name of its candidate, for it fears that remaining interested/ claimant candidates, who are dissident for some reason, may cause harm to the official candidate. On the other hand, Congress is also not opening its Ace-card, for the reason that the official candidate is quite solid to win, but the dissidents within party may create hurdles on his way. Knowing it well, the Congress candidate has infiltrated into BJP territory.

    The BJP candidate has been assured by Guardian Minister of all sorts of help from BJP camp to make for him a fair weather sail. At the same time, the other claimants from BJP, like, Ramesh Mankar, Ashok Mankar, Girish Vyas, Bhende and so on too have become active at their own levels.

    In terms of voting power, if the BJP has maximum voters from Nagpur city, the Congress has its voting-power in Nagpur rural. But each of them will have to work hard for obtaining the votes, particularly in rural areas.

    It may be mentioned that BJP’s mathematical calculations can be spoilt by NCP and Shiv Sena. The Shiv Sena, whose role is still suspicious, on an earlier occasion had made BJP candidate Sagar Meghe to be in terrible grief. That time, Sanjay Nirupam used to be the district chief public relations of Shiv Sena, and there had emerged a need of meeting of Nirupam with Datta Meghe and Sagar Meghe at Hotel Hardeo. Today, Nirupam is in Congress and his colleague is public relations chief of Nagpur district. The bitterness in relations between BJP and Shiv Sena will go what extent can be decided by time.

    Who is going to spend for BJP candidate

    As the electioneering for MLC post is nearing, the speculations are getting heated up. The election expenditure, according to reliable sources, is very high in crores. This being the case how the BJP candidate will manage. Sources further said, if the candidate for MLC is an office-bearer of NMC, the election expenditure may be shared by BJP leaders of Mahal, Koradi and Laxminagar.

    On the other hand, the NMC standing committee chairman said that the said BJP candidate for MLC and NMC office-bearer would complete his whole tenure, which means that the said NMC office-bearer would not be given candidature in the ensuing MLC election.

    Muslim League corporator comes to senses

    A senior Muslim League corporator in NMC, keeping himself aloof from the affairs of MLC election, felt that he would be at Jaipur on December 27 as he has some urgent work over there. But when some of his well-wishers advised him that if he remained active in the MLC election, the provision of 75% expenditure during his next NMC election would get automatically generated. Now, he is left at brooding as to what he should do.

    Nominations for MLC election from Dec 2

    For total 8 seats of MLC from local self-governing bodies across the state the nomination-process will start on December 2, and elections will be held on December 27. The Candidates are required to file their nominations latest by December 9, and scrutiny of nominations will be held on December 10. The nominations can be withdrawn by December 12. Voting will held on Dec 27 and the counting of votes will take place on December 30.

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