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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Who will run from Pune? It’s anybody’s guess right now

The Pune Lok Sabha nominee is far from clear for anyone right now - political experts and political party. Will sitting MP, the BJP’s Anil Shirole run again, or will the BJP prefer city’s guardian minister Girish Bapat?

pune Updated: Mar 16, 2019 14:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Anil Shirole, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party, Member of Parliament, Pune.(HT/PHOTO)

Candidates for three out of four Lok Sabha constituency seats under Pune district have been named by at least two out of the big four political heavyweights in western Maharashtra - Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena.

However, the Pune Lok Sabha nominee is far from clear for anyone right now - political experts and political party. Will sitting MP, the BJP’s Anil Shirole run again, or will the BJP prefer city’s guardian minister Girish Bapat? Within the Congress party campaigning is rife, not to win the seat, but for the chance to run for the seat.

Pune district has Pune, Baramati, Shirur and Maval under its aegis. NCP has announced nominees for three: Baramati (Supriya Sule), Shirur and Maval (Parth Pawar).In Shirur, it is a fight in between three-time MP Shivajirao Adhalrao (Shiv Sena) and Marathi TV actor Amol Kolhe (NCP).

Pravin Gaikwad, a member of the Peasant and Workers party, also announced his decision to join the Congress. Gaikwad, a former Sambhaji brigade president, who is angling for the Pune ticket, said, “There are many changes that Rahul Gandhi has made in this party. Considering these changes, I have decided to join the Congress,” said Gaikwad.

Gaikwad’s name was originally, ‘allegedly’ proposed for the Pune seat by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, though the party later denied this.

Sanjay Kakade, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) associate member and Rajya Sabha MP, is still set to join the Congress .

Kakade, a businessman, who is keen to contest the Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket from Pune, spent last weekend in the capital, where he met various Congress leaders and expressed his willingness to fight the polls from Pune.

With names doing the rounds for the Pune seat, party loyalists have publicly expressed disappointment and urged the leadership to consider a loyalist party member’s name; among these are Mohan Joshi, Abhay Chhajed and Arvind Shinde.

First Published: Mar 16, 2019 14:40 IST