Mumbai: Although the deadline to withdraw from the Rajya Sabha elections is until tomorrow, neither the Shiv Sena nor the BJP are ready to withdraw.
Seven candidates are in contention for six Rajya Sabha seats. BJP has put forward a third candidate, while Shiv Sena has put forward a second candidate. The deadline to pick up nomination papers is Friday at 3 pm. State President Chandrakant Patil clarified that BJP is determined to fight for three seats. Shiv Sena will also compete for the second seat and four Mahavikas Aghadi candidates will definitely be elected, Shiv Sena MP and spokesman Sanjay Raut said.
In the event of a direct election, 29 MLAs from independent and smaller parties will be important. Attempts have also been made to strangle MLAs from political parties. It was reported that MLAs supporting Mahavikas Aghadi will move to a safer location once the withdrawal period expires. Shiv Sena is second and BJP is third.
The Legislative Council elections will be held as soon as the Rajya Sabha elections are over. There was talk of behind-the-scenes discussions between Mahavikas Aghadi and the BJP to hold Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections unopposed. But such a discussion has not taken place or there is no need for it, explained Sanjay Raut.
The state has a tradition of holding Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections without opposition. Previously, when elections were held for ten seats in the Legislative Council in 2010, direct voting had been carried out. At the time, the fourth Congress candidate was elected with a wide vote split, while Shobhatai Fadnavis of the BJP was defeated. In early 2008, Congress candidate Sudhakar Gangane was defeated due to a split in the Congress vote. The Rajya Sabha or Legislative Council elections had seen shocking results in the state.
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