Legislative Council polls: Cong denies ticket to Thakre

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 14:37:34


Staff Reporter,

Congress party has denied Council ticket to its former State Unit Chief and present Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council Manikrao Thakre and its high-profile MLC Sanjay Dutt. The party has repeated its group leader in council Sharad Ranpise while fielding Yavatmal district Congress chief Dr Mirza Wajahat Mirza Athar.

The decision was taken at New Delhi by AICC and was approved by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
The official letter was issued by AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik declaring two seats of Congress dashing hopes of Manikrao Thakre who was eyeing the seat considering his erstwhile clout in the party. Instead, the Party seemed to have preferred a young Dr Mirza Wajahat Mirza Athar who was backed by anti-Manikrao camp. Infact former minister Shivajirao Moghe led the group and pleaded with AICC bosses to deny ticket to Manikrao.

Elections for 11 seats of Upper House are slated on July 16 and July 5 is the last date for filing of nominations. Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party are yet to declare names of their candidates for these elections in which members of legislative assembly elect members of upper house.

The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on July 6 while last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is July 9. The quota required by contesting candidates to win is 25 votes and total strength of house is 289 including one Anglo-Indian nominated member.

Considering the present numerical strength in the Legislative Assembly, BJP can comfortably win five seats followed by Shiv Sena which can bag three seats, if both parties along with their smaller alliance partner decide to transfer votes to each other.

In the unlikely event of more candidates in he fray, on the basis of second preference voting, the ruling dispensation can win eight seats.
The current party-wise strength in the 78 member legislative council is as follows: NCP (20), Congress (18), BJP (20), Sena (11), JD-U (1), PWP-I (1), PRP 1, Independents 6. After July 16 polls, the BJP will become largest party in the upper house.

Out of these 11 members retiring this month, four belong to NCP, three are from Congress, two from BJP and one each from Shiv Sena and PWP respectively. The 11 members whose term ends on 27 July are: Council Deputy Chairman Manikrao Thakre, Sanjay Dutt and group leader Sharad Ranpise (Congress), Sunil Tatkare, Jaideo Gaikwad, Narendra Patil and Amarsing Pandit (NCP), Vijay alias Bhai Girkar and Minister for Dairy Development Mahadev Jankar (BJP), Anil Parab (Shiv Sena) and Jayant Patil (PWP). Hectic lobbying is on in all the parties and aspirants are trying to woo their respective leadership to bag nomination.

BJP is also facing problem of plenty as many aspirants have demanded ticket citing their experience, loyalty and utility. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during his recent New Delhi trip had reportedly discussed names with party
top brass.

The BJP’s list is expected on Wednesday evening. NCP is likely to field Baba Durrani whose Parbhani seat was given to Congress during recently held council polls. Sena has not given any indication about probable candidates.