While the allocation of party tickets for contesting Lok Sabha poll is yet to be done, there is one candidate who looks determined to contest the polls as official party candidate despite having opposition within and outside for his candidature. Sitting congress MP Suresh Kalamadi is no short in his efforts in reaching out to masses through various apolitical programs, even as his detractor within the party too are equally getting active.
While on one hand Kalamadi is busy organising community meets, rallies and other programs like HI-Tech Pune to showcase his work, his supporters are lobbying for his ticket in Delhi.
A day after Kalamadi's detractors retuned to city pressing their demand to change the party's candidate for Pune Lok Sabha constituency, Kalamadi's supporters have reached to the capital. On Wednesday, city congress chief Abhay Chhajed, MLA Ramesh Bagwe and Chandrakant Chhjed went to Delhi to meet party leaders with the demand to distribute party ticket in Lok Sabha polls for Kalamadi.
While Kalamadi's supporters are busy lobbying for him, the MP is reaching out to young generation of the city through sms, pamphlets and cyberspace. In the pamphlet being circulated in the city, Kalamadi says "I have worked consistently to solve the problems of the city…I have formulated a plan to make Pune a model city by 2020".
Many in the state and city Congress unit however are unhappy over the way Kalamadi projecting himself his imminent candidature. MLC Mohan Joshi has said that "he along with other leaders have conveyed their displeasure to party high command.
Outside the party, Kalamadi faces direct threat from Ajit Pawar, who does not see eye to eye with former. Ajit Pawar has also reportedly expressed his displeasure over hoardings carrying Kalamadi and Sharad Pawar's joint photos.