NCP list for Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party has released the first list of candidates for Maharashtra where it is in alliance with Congress party.
NCP list for Maharashtra: National Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar today released the list of 12 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. The list includes the names of Veteran Maratha leader’s daughter Supriya Sule, Sunil Tatkare and the name of Raju Shetty, the leader of an influential farmers’ organisation. Raju Shetty was earlier with NDA, however, he later fell out with BJP leadership and quit NDA to join hands with NCP.
While Supriya Sule, a sitting Lok Sabha member, has been fielded from family bastion of Baramati, Sunil Tatkare has been fielded from Raigad. Swabhimani Shetkari Paksha leader Raju Shetty will contest the Lok Sabha election from Hatkanangale, the seat earlier held by him in 2014.
NCP has also fielded Mohd PP Faizal from Lakshdweep.
Party has named Udayanraje Bhosale from Satara, Dhananjay Mahadik from Kolhapur, Rajendra Shingane from Buldhana and Gulabrao Deokar from Jalgaon.
While Rajesh Vitekar will contest from Parbhani Lok Sabha seat, Sanjay Dina Patil will fight from Mumbai North-East, Anand Paranjpe will contest from Thane and Babaji Balaram Patil will contest from Kalyan.
Maharashtra is crucial for formation of government in New Delhi as the state sends 48 members in the Lok Sabha, second only to India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh that sends 80 members. Unprecedented support for BJP in the last Lok Sabha election in these two states had helped Prime Minister Narendrea Modi to form first majority government at the Centre in last three decades.
The state will go to polls in first four phases, beginning from April 11 to April 29.
UPA alliance partner, NCP has a strong base in Marathwada and Coastal Maharasthra. Congress-NCP alliance in the rich western state had ruled for 15 years (1999-20014) before it was voted out in a four corner contest in the state involving BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP.
BJP was the biggest beneficiary of this four corner contest as it was able to outmaneuver two powerful regional forces – Uddhav Thackeray led Shiv Sena and Sharad Pawar led NCP.