Maharashtra RS election may be unopposed

Mumbai, Feb 14 (UNI) Maharashtra Rajya Sabha biennial elections, may be a uncontested walk through for all the six candidates, as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided against fielding a 4th candidate for the elections.

BJP state President Chandrashekhar Bawankule has on Wednesday told media persons that all the parties in the fray have their respective winning quotas for the 6 seats and there was no need for a fourth candidate.

“We are not going to give a fourth candidate. The elections shall definitely be unopposed,” he asserted, scotching political speculation that the BJP could spring a ‘surprise’ by putting up a 4th candidate which could sully the prospects of the Congress in the RS polls.

Bawankule said that the stress was to send qualified and experienced candidates to the Upper House of Parliament as they work not only for the state but also for the entire country to fulfil peoples’ aspirations effectively.

The BJP today announced three candidates – ex-chief minister Ashok Chavan, ex-MLA Medha Kulkarni and a RSS leader Dr. Ajit Gopchhade – while the Congress has put up a Dalit face, its state Working President Chandrakant D. Handore.

The ruling allies Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (UBT) are likely to announce their nominees shortly, with several names including Milind M. Deora and Parth Ajit Pawar or Sameer Bhujbal, respectively, doing the rounds.

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