Mumbai With polling for the ten seats of the legislative council in the present day, as many as 285 MLAs, together with 29 from smaller events and independents, are going to forged their votes in an in depth contest with 11 candidates within the fray. A candidate should get a quota of 26 votes to get elected.
Regardless of an open poll system and sufficient votes on the aspect, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) was scorned within the Rajya Sabha election after Shiv Sena candidate Sanjay Pawar needed to face defeat. Therefore, the ruling events have determined to maintain their methods beneath wraps and have determined to temporary their MLAs solely on the eleventh hour.
The Bharatiya Janata Social gathering has fielded 5 candidates- Pravin Darekar, Shrikant Bharatiya, Ram Shinde, Uma Khapre and Prasad Lad. The Shiv Sena’s candidates are Sachin Ahir and Amshya Padvi, whereas the Congress has fielded Bhai Jagtap and Chandrakant Handore. Legislative council chairperson Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar and Eknath Khadse are the Nationalist Congress Social gathering’s nominees.
Political events are cautious as council polls are carried out by way of a secret poll system. On Sunday, all of the 4 main events—BJP, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress—held separate conferences with their legislators. The entire 4 events have lodged their MLAs at 4 completely different five-star inns in Mumbai to stop poaching makes an attempt.
The legislators have been knowledgeable concerning the voting course of and the foundations and laws that have to be adopted correctly. Amid worry that the BJP might repeat the Rajya Sabha ballot outcomes, all of the three ruling events have maintained silence about their technique and determined to temporary MLAs on the eleventh hour.
“On Monday morning, MLAs will likely be knowledgeable about whom to vote for first choice and whom for second choice,” mentioned a NCP chief, aware of the event.
The worry of cross-voting looms massive due to the key poll system. Other than having particular person celebration conferences, senior MVA leaders held discussions with the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday night. Earlier than that, senior Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Satej Patil had a gathering with Ajit Pawar at Lodge Trident the place NCP MLAs are staying. Sena MP Arvind Sawant too met Congress leaders at 4 Seasons late Sunday night.
AIMIM MLA Farooq Shah additionally had a gathering with Ajit Pawar on the lodge. The celebration has two MLAs. Shah declared extending his help to Khadse.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed confidence in successful the election and mentioned that there can be no cross-voting. Thackeray mentioned that the election is to point out that Sena can’t be divided and that Maharashtra doesn’t bow earlier than the conceitedness of energy.
The Sena legislators and its supporting MLAs are stored on the Westin Lodge in Powai. “I’m not fearful concerning the election; we’ll win tomorrow. Within the Rajya Sabha election, not a single vote from the celebration and its supporting legislators had gone to the opposite aspect. I don’t suppose there can be any cross-voting as a result of there aren’t any treacherous individuals in Shiv Sena,” Thackeray mentioned.
He additional added, “Tomorrow’s election is to point out that no one can divide us. Additionally it is to point out that conceitedness of energy doesn’t final in entrance of Maharashtra.”
The Sena chief added that the loss within the Rajya Sabha election was unlucky. “I’m giving voice to a (tribal) area that didn’t get illustration. You (legislators) must vote for him (Padvi). Sachin Ahir is working nicely within the Bharatiya Kamgar Sena and as Sampark Pramukh in Pune. I took his check for a number of years and have given him candidature. Each the candidates will assist us within the legislature,” Thackeray mentioned.
BJP that has fielded 5 candidates doesn’t have the votes to get its fifth candidate — Lad — by way of the end line on paper. Nonetheless, the celebration is using excessive on the numbers it pulled within the latest election, the place it managed to defeat Shiv Sena candidate.
BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis interacted with celebration legislators at Taj President lodge in Cuffe Parade to positive tune the election technique.
Senior BJP chief and former minister Sudhir Mungantiwar mentioned, “There are a number of legislators who’re sad with the MVA and chief minister. Legislators have the chance to show their unhappiness within the election. Prefer it occurred within the Rajya Sabha election, BJP will prevail and the celebration will give ‘Prasad’ (devotional providing) to the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities.”
Patole mentioned that many BJP MLAs are of their contact. “We’ve got higher coordination amongst MVA allies; smaller events and independents are additionally supporting MVA. BJP is dealing with infighting and some of their MLAs are in contact with us. You’ll get to see a special image this time,” Patole claimed.
NCP candidate Eknath Khadse additionally mentioned he didn’t consider that BJP MLAs would vote for him. “I’ve many supporters in BJP as I’ve helped many to get election tickets and made a few of them ministers within the ministerial council. They love me however I do not consider they may vote for me by going towards BJP,” Khadse advised reporters.