Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde has managed to get a poll ticket for a member of his family. His nephew, Dhananjay Munde was on Friday made an official candidate for the State Legislative Council polls to be held on June 10.
The BJP gave the second seat from its quota to ex-minister and ex-Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Shobhatai Fadnavis. The single Rajya Sabha seat will go to the party's national treasurer, Piyush Goyal.
The BJP’s Parliamentary Board, which met in New Delhi on Friday, also announced the candidature of ex-youth wing president Suhas Pharande for the council polls from the graduates constituency. This poll will be held next month.
This will be the third political representation in the Munde family.
Gopinath is the party’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and his elder daughter Pankaja won the 2009 Assembly elections for Parli in Marathwada. When Munde didn’t get Dhananjay an Assembly ticket last year, he managed one for Madhusudan Kendre, the son-in-law of Munde's elder brother. But Kendre lost the elections.
Gopinath is said to have forced the party to finalise his nephew’s name using his Other Backward Class (OBC) status because party president Nitin Gadkari wanted Fadnavis, a Brahmin, to get the second nomination. Fadnavis is a fiery parliamentarian, who continuously attacks the government from the Opposition benches.