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Fault lines appear in Oppn unity as Lok Bharti fields candidates for two seats

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

June 25 Graduates and Teachers Council polls a triangular contest

Fault lines have appeared in the opposition ranks as Lok Bhartis sitting MLC Kapil Patil, besides contesting elections to Mumbai division Teachers constituency, has also fielded his aide Jalindar Sarode as Lok Bharti candidate for the Mumbai division Graduates constituency elections on June 25.

Patils decision to field candidate against Independent candidate Adv Rajendra Korde (Peasants and Workers Party of India, PWP-I) has not gone down well with the rest of the opposition. It will mostly be triangular contests in Mumbai Teachers, Nashik Teachers and Konkan Graduates. Whereas it will be a multi-cornered contest in the high profile election to Mumbai Graduates constituency in the Legislative Council.

It will be a battle of prestige for the Shiv Sena to retain the Mumbai division Graduates constituency which it has held on to for the last 32 years, out of which late Pramod Navalkar had held the seat for the Sena for  four terms. The Sena denied ticket to its sitting MLC and Minister for Public Health, Dr Deepak Sawant, and instead nominated its old guard Vilas Potnis (Sena). But with Lok Bharti fielding Sarode, Potnis is locked in a multi-cornered contest with Adv Rajendra Korde (Independent) and Adv Ameetkumar Mehta (Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP).

There are a total of 12 candidates in the fray out of which nine are Independents, whose fate will be decided by 70,636 voters. The total voters comprise of 41,137 male and 29,499 female voters, out of the total voters Mumbai Suburban district alone accounts for 52,283 voters, whereas Mumbai City district accounts for 18,353 voters.

Taking no chances, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray yesterday himself took stock of his party's poll preparedness for the Mumbai Graduates and Teachers constituencies.

Sitting Lok Bharti MLC Kapil Patil is locked in a triangular contest with Shivaji Shendge (Sena) and the BJP supported Independent candidate Anil Rajesing Deshmukh to retain his Mumbai division Teachers constituency seat.

Besides the three main candidates, there are seven more Independent candidates in the fray. There fate will be decided by a total of 10,141 voters, which comprises of 7,002 female and 3,139 male voters. Out of the total voters, Mumbai Suburban district alone accounts for 8,252 voters, whereas Mumbai City district accounts for 1,889 voters.

It will be an uphill task for BJPs “imported” candidate Niranjan Davkhare (ex-NCP) to retain the Konkan division Graduates constituency seat as he is locked in a triangular contest with Najeeb Mulla (Nationalist Congress Party, NCP) and Sanjay More (Sena).

There are 14 candidates in the fray, which includes 11 Independent candidates. The Konkan division Graduates constituency boasts of the highest number of voters amongst the four Council constituencies that go to polls on June 25. There are a total of 1,04,264 voters, which includes 61,191 male and 43,073 female voters.

Interestingly enough, a large chunk of the total voters, Thane district alone accounts for 45,834 voters and Sindhudurg district has the lowest of 5,308 voters. The Konkan division Graduates constituency by far is the largest constituency in terms of area, comprising of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Palghar districts. Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksha (MSP) President and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane has declared his support to Davkhare.

In Nashik division Teachers constituency it will be a triangular contest between Aniket Vijay Patil (BJP), Sandip Bedse (Independent, Teachers Democratic Front – TDF) and Kishor Darade (Independent, Sena). Although it is a triangular contest, there are a total of 16 candidates in the fray.

There are a total of 53,892 voters which includes 40,832 male and 13,060 female voters. The Nashik division Teachers constituency comprises of Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts. Out of these the maximum voters 14,873 voters are in Nashik district and lowest of 5,268 voters are in Nandurbar district.

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