In what could create a churn through the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled to be held subsequent month, Kolhapur royal household scion Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati has distanced himself from the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) and thrown his hat into the ring as an impartial candidate. The descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has additionally introduced the launch of a social outfit ‘Swarajya’, which can be transformed right into a political get together later.
Sambhajiraje (52), who got here to the fore through the protests by Marathas searching for reservation in jobs and training, and has a base in sections of the group, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 from the President’s quota and his time period expired on Might 3. An aide of Sambhajiraje stated he was not a proper member of BJP, however admitted to him being an affiliate member of the get together within the Home.
The elections to 6 Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra will probably be held on June 10. The tenures of Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena), Praful Patel (Nationalist Congress Social gathering-NCP), P Chidambaram (Congress), and Piyush Goyal, Dr Vikas Mahatme and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) is coming to an finish. Sambhajiraje has set his sights on the sixth seat, which neither the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi nor BJP can win by itself however have surplus votes.
“I cannot be a part of any political get together. I’ll battle as an impartial. From immediately, I’m not a member of any political get together,” Sambhajiraje stated at a press convention on Thursday. “I’ll contest the Rajya Sabha polls as an impartial,” he added, whereas urging political events and leaders throughout get together strains to assist him not simply as a descendant of Shivaji Maharaj and Shahu Maharaj but in addition for his social work.
Sambhajiraje stated whereas the MVA had 27 surplus votes, BJP had 22. To be elected, a candidate will want 42 votes.
He additionally introduced the launch of a brand new social outfit ‘Swarajya’ that could be transformed right into a political get together later. “Rajsatta [political power] is necessary for janaseva [public service],” he stated, calling the launch of ‘Swarajya’ as “step one of a political journey.” Sambhajiraje stated he was additionally able to contest the Lok Sabha elections sooner or later.
Sambhajiraje is the direct descendant of Chhatrapati Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur, who was the primary to launch quotas for non-upper castes in his princely state in 1902. He entered public life in 2007 by main the celebrations of Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation at Raigad Fort on June 6, which have been organized by Maratha teams like Sambhaji Brigade. In 2009, Sambhajiraje unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Kolhapur as an NCP nominee towards impartial candidate Sadashivrao Mandlik.
He was nominated to the Higher Home of parliament in 2016 at a time when BJP was on the receiving finish of the caste politics within the state. Then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, a Brahmin, was being challenged by leaders from the dominant Maratha group and the get together noticed the plain profit of getting a Maratha royal on its facet.
Sambhajiraje additionally heads the event authority arrange by the state authorities in 2017 for the event and conservation of Raigad Fort. In February, Sambhajiraje sat on a quick in Mumbai searching for quota and welfare schemes for the Marathas, and known as off his protest three days later after assurances from the state authorities.
A former affiliate of Sambhajiraje stated whereas the influence of his political plunge remained to be seen, the royal had a base in sections of the Marathas as a result of his affiliation with the quota trigger.
“Sambhajiraje’s brother Malojiraje [who is a former Congress MLA from Kolhapur] is reviving his affiliation with the Congress. He campaigned for the Congress within the latest by-election to the Kolhapur North meeting constituency. Within the coming months, both he or his spouse Madhurimaraje could take a extra energetic political place,” stated the previous affiliate, explaining Sambhajiraje’s political place.
Udayanraje Bhosale, the opposite descendant of Shivaji Maharaj, joined BJP quickly after securing a 3rd time period to the Lok Sabha from Satara as an NCP MP, however was defeated within the subsequent by-election by Shrinivas Patil (NCP). He later made it to the Rajya Sabha as a BJP MP.