Party didn’t give you a ticket – become a rebel.
That’s the formula for a wave of disgruntled politicians denied tickets. The rebels either contest from rival parties or as an independents. Recent additions to the list are Congress minister Sunil Deshmukh, former NCP minister Digvijay Khanvilkar, Congress legislator Rajiv Rajale and six other MLAs across parties. Both parties may face rebels in 80 constituencies in Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur and Ahmednagar, where their stature will make them a challenge.
In Kolhapur, NCP’s Digvijay Khanvilkar is considering contesting as an independent after his seat went to the Congress after seat sharing talks.
In Pandharpur, Congress candidate Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, who till now was contesting from Malshiraj (now reserved for SC/ST), will face stiff opposition from sitting NCP MLA Sudhakar Paricharak. Senior leader Babanrao Pachpute is facing a rebel in his original constituency, Shrigondaa, where his follower Anna Shelar will fight as an Independent.
The NCP too is getting singed by supporters of Balasaheb Patil, sitting MLA from Karad, after party man Atul Bhosale was announced as the party nominee. State NCP chief R.R. Patil will face tough competition from Congress MLA Ajit Ghorpade from Tasgaon-Kavthe Mahankal constituency in Sangli, which went to the NCP.