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BJP, Sena Borrow Candidates from Each Other for LS Polls

March 26, 2019 06:32 AM


BJP, Sena Borrow Candidates from Each Other for LS Polls


Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday urged people to vote for his party’s candidate Narendra Patil for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Satara constituency. Patil, former Nationalist Congress Party legislator and labour leader, had joined the Sena last Friday.

In September last year, he had joined the BJP, and was preparing to fight the elections in Satara against sitting NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale. The Sena and the BJP had been bickering over seat sharing for a while till the leadership of both parties arrived at a formula to ensure that the alliance doesn’t get affected.

The formula, which works on a reciprocation basis, allows them to borrow candidates from each other to fight the polls. So, Patil will now fight on the Sena symbol from Satara, while from the Palghar assembly constituency, sitting BJP MP Rajendra Gavit will fight on a Sena ticket.

The BJP had poached Rajendra Gavit from the Congress last year, and got him to contest from the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. The bypoll was necessitated after the death of BJP MP Chintaman Wanga. The Sena, which was at loggerheads with the BJP then, had roped in Shrinivas Wanga, Chintaman’s son, to contest on its ticket.

While Gavit eventually won, the Shiv Sena in its negotiations with the BJP, has demanded the Palghar seat for itself. The BJP had given in to the demand, but apparently on the ‘understanding’ that Gavit be given a ticket, even if it is from the Sena.

The BJP, too, has borrowed a candidate from the Sena, and has fielded Pratak Chiklikar, a Shiv Sena MLA from Loha in Nanded district, against former Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan in Nanded.

A BJP leader said that the situation is a win-win for both parties. “Sometimes, if you give your seat to your ally, then the cadre at the lower rung is unhappy and does not work for your ally. This way, we ensure that cadres from two parties will be working for the candidate.”

While the Sena and BJP have decided to borrow each other’s candidates and fight under either party’s symbol, the Congress has still not been able to settle its internal disputes. On Monday, for instance, when Congress candidate Kishore Gajbhiye for the Ramtek seat in Nagpur landed up to file for his nomination, supporters of another Congress leader Nitin Raut, too, claimed that Raut is the candidate for the seat. Gajbhiye eventually ended up doing the honours

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