Nagpur: The last-minute nomination by Shiv Sena’s Prakash Jadhav for MLC election from Nagpur Teachers’ Constituency has thrown the poll field wide open. Jadhav filed his papers as official candidate of Shiv Sena on the last day of nominations. With the jumping of Jadhav, a former MP from Ramtek, into the MLC poll ring, the chances of an easy victory for present MLC Nago Ganar could go haywire.
Prakash Jadhav has a great clout among teachers in Nagpur district. The present Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane is also from Shiv Sena. Moreover, former MLA of the party Ashish Jaiswal had strongly raised issues concerning teachers in Vidhan Sabha (Assembly) during his tenure.
Another candidate, the joint NCP-Congress nominee Anil Shinde of Chandrapur is also in the fray for Nagpur Teachers’ Constituency poll. However, he is considered to be a weakling in front of present MLC Ganar.
Interestingly, in the last election, Ganar, as an Independent candidate, had romped home easily on the support of BJP-Shiv Sena combine
According to political grapevine, Jadhav jumped into the fray as per the directives of his “close friend” and BJP top gun Nitin Gadkari. It is even said that BJP as declared, would be seen standing behind Ganar but in reality, its teacher supporters would vote for Shiv Sena’s Prakash Jadhav. Remember, politics a different ball game.
On Tuesday, when Jadhav filed his nomination papers at Divisional Commissioner’s Office, he was accompanied by City Shiv Sena President Satish Harde, Kishore Rai, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, former MLA Ashish Jaiswal and other party leaders and workers.