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Palghar tribals being wooed as BJP eyes Cong seat

Shruti Ganapatye, PTI  Palghar, April 28, 2009
First Published: 10:58 IST(28/4/2009) | Last Updated: 11:05 IST(28/4/2009)

Palghar constituency, facing problems of drinking water, unemployment, railway service and malnutrition among children, despite being close to Mumbai, would witness a four-cornered contest on April 30.


Known as the region with the largest tribal population in Maharashtra, the constituency will witness the fight between four candidates, including two who have been MPs.

The constituency has four types of voters including tribals, farmers, fishermen and also urban population. It stretches from Vasai, an extended suburb located in Thane district to Talasari, the last village on Maharashtra-Gujarat border.
Congress has fielded sitting MP Damodar Shingda, a five-term MP.

Unhappy with Congress party's choice, local heavyweight and MLA Hitendra Thakur is backing Baliram Jadhav of Bahujan Vikas Aghadi.

The area from Naigaon creek to Boisar is Thakur's stronghold and has over eight lakh urban voters.

In earlier elections, Shingda had good support from Bhiwandi but post-delimitation, the area has been excluded from the constituency.

BJP has fielded former MP Chintaman Vanga. Some areas like Dahanu, Jawhar and Mokhada are strongholds of CPM which has fielded former MP Lahanu Kom.

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