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Shiv Sena likely to field Manohar Joshi for RS

Joshi had contested from his traditional Mumbai Central seat in the last Lok Sabha elections.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 21:34 IST

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi is likely to be nominated by Shiv Sena for the Rajya Sabha elections from Maharashtra to be held later this month.

Joshi had contested from his traditional Mumbai Central seat in the last Lok Sabha elections, but had suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Eknath Gaikwad of Congress.

Sena sources said that an announcement of Joshi's candidature appeared a mere formality.

The former Maharashtra Chief Minister had played a mediatory role between the Shiv Sena leadership and Raj Thackarey before the later parted ways with the organisation.

The party has been witnessing a crisis since Narayan Rane left it and joined the Congress last year.

Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani is the retiring member from the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra, who had contested independently with Sena's support.

Reports have it that Jethamalani is now trying to become a member of the Upper House from the nominated category and that the RJD supremo is backing him.

Union Minister Praful Patel is set to be re-nominated by the NCP in the state.

Former Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who was recently made Union Minister would be nominated by Congress.

BJP is also likely to re-nominate Bal Apte.

There have been many aspirants for the second Rajya Sabha seat of Congress, including PCC President Prabha Rau, former MP Sanjay Nirupam and former PCC Chief Ranjeet Deshmukh.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 21:34 IST