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Press Trust Of India
Mumbai, October 11, 2009
Over 20 practising lawyers are in the run-up for the upcoming Maharashtra state assembly elections from the city's 36 constituencies. "Pre- Independence, lawyers across the country quit their comfortable profession to fight for Independence. This is the only profession which deals with our Constitution from close quarters and hence advocates should be expected to work towards preserving the essence of Democracy," advocate Shakil Ahmed told PTI.

Ahmed, a social activist who has been fighting a legal battle against police excesses and non-implementation of several fact-finding commissions, is contesting from the suburban Sion-Koliwada constituency in the assembly elections.

While some of these lawyers claim to have stumbled upon politics by chance, few lawyers recall on how they accepted cases of only those politicians, who matched their ideology.

"This is my first stint in politics. But my affiliation with the Shiv Sena-BJP goes way back. I have been taking care of all the case registered against Gopinath Munde and Bal Thackeray," advocate Deenanath Tiwari, a BJP candidate from the Kalina constituency said.

Tiwari, who is known as the in-house lawyer for the political party, feels that his dedication towards the party over the years has won him the ticket in the elections.