After the resounding victory in Lok Sabha election for Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur seat, the Graduates Constituency poll is now the target for BJP. The poll for Graduates Constituency, till today the pet constituency for party stalwart (Gadkari) who continued to romp home for many terms together, has come under radar of aspiring candidates. But the fight for bagging the nomination is fierce among the three candidates the party is probably thinking of fielding. However, the possibility of a new face at the last moment in the changed scenario could not be ruled out. BJP may announce the candidate for this elite poll only after Narendra Modi takes oath as Prime Minister of India within 3-4 days. The election for Nagpur Graduates Constituency is scheduled to be held on July 19, 2014.
The upbeat BJP, in fact, was going to announce the candidate for Graduates Constituency just after Lok Sabha elections. But all the top guns of party are busy in Delhi for a grand oath taking ceremony of Modi post-landslide win for BJP-led NDA. The newly elected Member of Parliament Nitin Gadkari and State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis are camping in National Capital. Though Fadnavis has been given a free hand in choosing the candidate for this high-profile election, he would prefer extensive discussion with Gadkari, presently MLC of Graduates Constituency, before announcing the name. And the meeting between Fadnavis and Gadkari is likely to be held after their return to Nagpur.
At present, three names are taking round for Nagpur Graduates Constituency poll. The Mayor Anil Sole, former Chairman of Standing Committee Sandip Joshi and party’s office-bearer in NMC Sanjay Bhende are vying with each other to bag nomination. Gadkari has won the election consecutively for four times. But after Gadkari’s unprecedented victory in Lok Sabha election, the vacant seat has emerged another challenge for BJP and a heady problem too as far as fielding a suitable candidate is concerned. All the aspiring candidates are being considered very close to Gadkari and Fadnavis. And here lies the problem for top leaders.