Biennial polls unlikely to throw up any surprise

The July 16 biennial elections for 11 Legislative Council seats is likely to be a smooth sailing for all contestants as none of the major political parties have fielded any extra candidate.

The Election Commission has announced the polls as the terms of 11 Members of Legislative Council ends on July 27. The MLCs will be elected by Members of Legislative Assembly.

As per the existing numbers, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena can elect five and two members respectively. Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are in a position to send two and one MLC respectively.

The 11th candidate is likely to be elected on a consensus basis between all parties.

On Wednesday the BJP announced that it was fielding Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar, senior party leader and sitting MLC Vijay alias Bhai Girkar, Nanded (rural) district president Ram Patil-Ratolikar, Koli Mahasangh president Ramesh Patil, and former president of Yavatmal Zilla Parishad Nilay Naik. Except for Mr. Jankar and Mr. Girkar, the other three are new faces.

The Shiv Sena has named sitting MLC Anil Parab, and party spokesperson Manisha Kayande as its candidate.

The Congress is fielding Sharad Ranpise and Dr Vajahat Mirza from Yavatmal, while former MLC Babajani Durrani from Parbhani filed his nomination on Wednesday as the NCP candidate.

Peasants and Workers Party’s (PWP) Jayant Patil is the 11th candidate. “Nobody wants to create a mess by putting an extra candidate. I am sure the election will proceed smoothly and unopposed,” said Mr Patil.

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