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

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.

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