Three more Congressmen, who aspired to contest the October 13 polls, have rebelled either against their party colleagues or candidates of the Nationalist Congress Party.
Congress Member of Legislative Council Muzaffar Hussain filed his nomination on Friday as an independent against the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Gilbert Mendosa from Mira-Bhayander.
Hussain blamed his revolt on the NCP, saying he had managed a lead of 25,000 for NCP’s Thane Lok Sabha member Sanjiv Naik. “Despite my sincere efforts, the NCP played a foul game.”
Hussain, however, said he had nothing against his party bosses. “The have stood by me always,” he said.
Congress’ Vasantrao Jadhav decided to contest from Mahim against Shiv Sainik-turned-Congressman Sada Sarvankar. Veteran leader and education baron Kamalkishore Kadam has challenged the party’s candidate in Nanded.
A close associate of Jadhav said that Congress workers, who opposed the party’s last-minute decision to name Sarvankar as the candidate, would try to cause the ex-Sainik’s defeat. “Jadhav’s candidature will divide Congress votes,” the associate said, requesting anonymity. “We want to teach our leaders, who don’t value loyalists, a lesson.”