NCP NAMES ITS CAN­DI­DATE FOR NERUL BY- POLLS, OPPN GEARS UP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party (NCP) has de­clared that Shilpa Kam­ble will be its can­di­date for the by-elec­tions to ward 88 in Nerul that will be held on Jan­uary 10, next year. With the Congress al­ready stat­ing that its pre­vi­ous can­di­date Nu­tan Raut will re-con­test, all eyes are now on what de­ci­sion the Shiv Sena – BJP takes.

The elec­tion has been ne­ces­si­tated due to the death of sit­ting NCP cor­po­ra­tor Shashikala Mal­adi.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced by NCP state gen­eral sec­re­tary and for­mer MP Sanjeev Naik at Sec­tor 3 in Nerul on Thurs­day­dur­ing a party work­ers’ meet.

Naik who ex­pressed con­fi­dence of the party can­di­date’s vic­tory said, “I have asked the party work­ers to work hard to en­sure the party can­di­date’s vic­tory so that Mal­adi’s dream of de­vel­op­ment in the ward fruc­ti­fies.”

The of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment by the NCP has set the ball rolling for the elec­tion. The Congress has in­for­mally al­ready stated that the los­ing can­di­date in the last elec­tion, Nu­tan Raut will be its can­di­date.

The Shiv Sena and BJP are re­ported to be in talks on the seat. The two par­ties had con­tested the last civic elec­tions in al­liance.

The seat had then been given to the BJP, which had come in the third place. The BJP is now re­ported to be again stak­ing claim to the seat. The Shiv Sena feels it has a bet­ter chance.

A meet­ing be­tween Shiv Sena op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule and BJP MLA Manda Mha­tre was re­port­edly held on the is­sue on Fri­day.

Said a top Shiv Sena leader, “We are ex­plain­ing to the BJP lead­ers that a Shiv Sena can­di­date will be able to give a bet­ter fight to the NCP can­di­date and ac­tu­ally win the seat.”

He added, “This is a great op­por­tu­nity to show the NCP the power of the united op­po­si­tion and the mood of the peo­ple. The BJP needs to co­op­er­ate.”

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