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After his niece, Munde’s daughter gets ticket

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), expectedly, declared the candidature of Pankaja Munde-Palave, the 32-year daughter of its national general secretary Gopinath Munde. Dharmendra Jore reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 22, 2009 01:52 IST
Dharmendra Jore

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), expectedly, declared the candidature of Pankaja Munde-Palave, the 32-year daughter of its national general secretary Gopinath Munde on Monday.

The Hindustan Times’ Sunday edition had reported that Pankaja, a businesswoman, will contest from Parli in Marathwada’s Beed district. Her father represented the seat in the Assembly for at least 25 years before being elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2009.

With this the party has granted Munde’s second wish. His first was a ticket for niece Poonam Mahajan-Rao (29), daughter of party’s slain leader Pramod Mahajan. Poonam was declared the party’s candidate from Ghatkopar West on Saturday.

The Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader is now lobbying for a ticket for nephew Dhananjay Munde from Ashti in Marathwada. The party is yet to declare all 119 candidates so Dhananjay’s fate is unknown.

The BJP’s second list has 12 new faces, two ex-Members of Parliament, three ex- and three sitting legislators. Three of these are Marathas, ten OBCs five belonging to the Scheduled Castes and one to the Scheduled Tribes. The party has fielded only one Brahmin candidate.

Aashish Deshmukh (38), son of senior Congress leader Ranjit Deshmukh, also found a place on the list. He joined the party recently against his father’s wishes and will contest from Saoner near Nagpur, the constituency Deshmukh senior represented for many terms.

Ex-Member of Parliament Subhash Deshmukh, who lost to NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Lok Sabha polls in Madha, will contest from Tuljapur.