Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has reiterated his desire to contest next month’s assembly polls from the Karad South constituency in Navi Mumbai.
“I have asked our party leadership to give me the Karad South constituency,” Chavan told Karad residents at a public meeting.
Chavan’s comments come a week after seven-time sitting MLA from Karad South, Vilas Undarkar, said he would not offer his seat to the chief minister.
While Chavan did not refer to Undarkar in his speech, he asked the locals to take notice of the development in the area during the last three decades and during the three years since he was appointed chief minister.
There has also been speculation that the wife of former chief minister Ashok Chavan is lobbying for the seat. “Nobody should declare their candidature until the party leadership makes an announcement,” Chavan said.
Chavan is from Karad, and earlier represented the area as an MP. He was elected to the Lok Sabha three times from here but lost in 1999.