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'Sena would have backed Mahajan's brother'

Senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi says Shiv Sena would have backed Prakash Mahajan for the upcoming election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2008 12:46 PM IST

Shiv Sena would have backed Prakash Mahajan, brother of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, for the next month's election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council, senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi has said.

"Had he come to us, we would have certainly supported him but he joined Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)," Joshi told PTI.

MNS has fielded Prakash Mahajan for the MLC poll from Aurangabad graduates constituency and Sena has put up its candidate against Mahajan. Joshi was present when the Sena nominee filed his papers.

Joshi, a former Lok Sabha Speaker, enjoyed good rapport with Pramod Mahajan. "Politics is different, emotions are a different matter," Joshi said.

The July 15 Legislative Council election will see two close relatives of the late Mahajan family pitted against each other.

Mahajan's brother-in-law and BJP general secretary Gopinath Munde, will be campaigning for party nominee and his supporter Shrikant Joshi for the MLC polls.

Joshi, the incumbent member of legislative council, is a staunch Munde loyalist. Congress and NCP have also fielded candidates for the poll.

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