Leaving nothing to chance, the Uddhav group submits two nominations for the Andheri (East) bypoll

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Maha government declares public holiday for Andheri (East) Assembly constituency on by-election day to be held on November 3

Maha government declares public holiday for Andheri (East) Assembly constituency on by-election day to be held on November 3

Anticipating the rejection of the candidacy papers submitted by Rutuja Latke of the Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray for the Andheri (East) Assembly by-election, the party councilor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) , Sandeep Raju Naik, also filed election documents to deal with any eventuality.

With this, the total number of candidacies filed for the upcoming elections reached 25, including two rounds by Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Murji Patel and eight independent candidates.

“We are afraid of any mischief played by the other group (Eknath Shinde-BJP) as they are now running the government. So we didn’t want to take any risks and fielded two candidates from our party to deal with any eventuality, said Pramod Sawant, a faction leader from Uddhav.

He alleged that when the ruling party can create a ruckus and pressure the BMC commissioner not to accept the resignation of Ms Latke, a class III employee of the company, it can also pressure the voting body to reject his nomination for various reasons.

Following instructions from the Bombay High Court, the civic body accepted Ms Latke’s resignation, clearing the way for her to file for candidacy.

Although the major fight will be between Eknath Shinde-BJP and Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena, the presence of nominations filed by small and various parties and independent candidates is seen as a deliberate attempt to confuse voters.

Uddhav camp spokesman and Lok Sabha MP Arvind Sawant said it was customary in Maharashtra to elect relatives of a deceased lawmaker unopposed in by-elections as a mark of respect, and the decision of the Shinde group and the BJP to challenge bypoll itself was not a good tradition.

“Already the poor political turnout that has taken place over the past few months has not gone down well with the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra and now the rival party vying for the election is seen in a bad light. . There is no doubt that Ms Latke will win the election with an overwhelming majority,” he said.

The glaring absence of Eknath Shinde’s candidate in the bypoll had looked out of the veil despite creating much heckling when approaching the Election Commission of India over the party’s name and symbol

“They approached the EC saying they would challenge the partial vote and used their position to freeze the party’s name and symbol – bow and arrow. But, the group failed to put forward their candidate and support BJP’s Murji Patel which in itself proves that they are a bunch of liars,” the MP said.

The demographic structure of the constituency is such that out of the more than 2.80 lakh registered voters, one in three people is a native Marathi speaker. This is seen as an advantage for the Uddhav Thackery group, which benefits from the popularity of Marathi Manoos.

While around 15% of the constituency’s electorate are believed to be Gujaratis and Marwaris, which serves as a base of support for BJP’s Murji Patel.

The late Ramesh Latke of Shiv Sena, husband of Rutuja Latke, who ran in three elections, lost the 2009 Assembly elections to Suresh Shetty of the Congress party and won the 2014 and 2019 elections. The bypoll was necessitated after the sudden death of Ramesh Latke in May this year.

In the 2019 Assembly elections, Murji Patel lost to the late Latke by a margin of 16,965 votes. He contested as an independent as Andheri (East) was given to the Shiv Sena as a seat share by the then Sena-BJP alliance.

Once Ms. Latke’s application documents are found to be in order and eligible for competition, Mr. Naik will withdraw his application. October 17 is the deadline for the withdrawal of declarations of candidacy

Holiday

Meanwhile, the state government on Saturday declared a public holiday for Andheri (East) Assembly constituency on the by-election day to be held on November 3.

An official statement said the vacation would apply to central and state government offices, semi-government offices, state-owned enterprises, banks and others.

“This will also apply to voters who work outside the Assembly constituency boundaries,” he added.

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