CONG, NCP AND SENA-BJP IN FRAY FOR NERUL BY- ELECTION
The Nationalist Congress Party, SS-BJP and the Congress have each fielded a candidate for the by- election in ward 88 of Nerul. An independent candidate, Pratiksha Chatne, who had filed her nomination withdrew her candidature on Wednesday.
The election will be held on January 10. It has been necessitated because of the death of sitting NCP cor porator Shashikala Maladi.
The by- election, which is expected to be keenly contested, has the Shiv Sena and BJP fighting in alliance, while the alliance partners in NMMC will contest separately and against each other.
T h e C o n g re s s h a s once again fielded its previous candidate Nutan Raut who had lost to Maladi. She filed her nomination in the presence of Cong ress Navi Mumbai chief Dashrath Bhagat, deputy mayor Avinash Lad, Santosh Shetty, Digambar Raut.
Bhagat said, “Last time, our candidate lost narrowly owing to technical issues. This time we are sure of victory.
Saraswati Patil of BJP filed her nomination as SS- BJP candidate. She is the wife of Darave corporator Sunil Patil, MLA Manda Mhatre, opposition leader Vijay Chougule were present during the filing.
Though the Shiv Sena had reportedly wanted the seat for its candidate, Mhatre seems to have prevailed. Leaders of both parties expressed confidence that their candidate will win.
NCP candidate Shilpa Kamble filed her candidature. She said, “We will certainly retain the seat as the people have always trusted us and will continue to do so.”
There were reports of rebellion within the Shiv Sena ranks with party workers stating that the area has more Shiv Sena supporters. They were also upset with a candidate from outside the ward being fielded by the BJP.
Sources claimed that local Shiv Sena Up Vibhag Pramukh Sanjay Bhosale planned to field his wife Sakshi. Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde and Shiv Sena deputy leader Vijay Nahata are reported to have convinced him to change his mind.