MUMBAI: Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole and state Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat on Thursday met Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis and urged the opposition BJP to withdraw their candidate and ensure that the Congress is elected to the Rajya Sabha next month. The candidate should be elected unopposed. seat by state
In May this year, the by-election had to be held due to the death of sitting Congress MP Rajeev Satav.
The Congress, which shares power with Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra, has fielded Rajni Patil, while the BJP has fielded Sanjay Upadhyay as its candidate for the October 4 bypoll.
A Congress source said, “Thorat and Patole met Fadnavis to persuade the BJP to withdraw its candidate and ensure the Congress candidate’s unopposed victory.”
The scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on Thursday and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is September 27.
If necessary, polling will be held on October 4 and counting of votes will be done on the same day.
The 288-member Maharashtra Assembly forms the electoral college for elections.
BJP has the maximum number of 106 MLAs in the house, followed by Shiv Sena (56), NCP (53), Congress (43), Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (3), Samajwadi Party (2), AIMIM (2), Prahar Janshakti Party . (2), MNS (1), CPM (1), Swabhimani Party (1), Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (1), Krantikari Shetkari Party (1), Kisan and Shramik Party (1), Jansurajya Shakti Party (1) and independent 13.
One seat has been lying vacant since the death of Congress MLA Raosaheb Antapurkar in April this year.