On the last day for filing nominations, Congress’ Patil and BJP’s Upadhyay filed their nominations.
Mumbai: In the Rajya Sabha by-elections, Congress’ Rajni Patil and BJP’s Sanjay Upadhyay filed their nomination papers on Wednesday. Despite the open voting, BJP’s victory was claimed by state president Chandrakant Patil.
On the last day for filing nominations, Congress’ Patil and BJP’s Upadhyay filed their nominations. With open voting, the leaders of the ruling Mahavikas Aghadi are confident of victory. Balasaheb Thorat, Ajit Pawar, Prithviraj Chavan, Eknath Shinde, Jayant Patil, Supriya Sule etc. were present when Rajni Patil filed his nomination papers. When BJP’s Upadhyay filed his nomination papers, state president Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Pravin Darekar and others were present.
Since it is a by-election, efforts are underway to make it uncontested. Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said that a request would be made to BJP leaders in this regard. We have not yet received any request from the ruling party. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis clarified that if any such proposal is made, then the decision will be taken only after discussion in the party. There are indications that the BJP is not serious about contesting the by-elections due to insufficient numbers.
Chandrakant Patil is optimistic
The party with 56 MLAs becomes the Chief Minister, the party with 54 MLAs becomes the Deputy Chief Minister and the party with 44 MLAs becomes the Revenue Minister. BJP state president Chandrakant Patil has claimed that MLAs from other parties will cast their votes. Even if there is open voting in the Rajya Sabha elections, MLAs have to show their vote to the whip, but even if it is given to an opposition candidate, he cannot be disqualified, Patil claimed. Therefore, MLAs from other parties will vote for the BJP candidate, said Patil.