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Shiv Sena fields late MP Mohan Delkar’s wife for Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha bypolls

By PTI

Daman: The Shiv Sena has fielded independent MP late Mohan Delkar’s wife Kalaben Delkar for the by-elections to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat to be held later this month.

The seat fell vacant after the death of seven-time MP Mohan Delkar in February this year.

The bypolls are to be held on October 30 and the last date for filing nomination papers was October 8.

The counting of votes will take place on November 2.

Kalaben Delkar on Friday filed his nomination from the reserved seat of Scheduled Tribes (ST).

She will contest against BJP’s Mahesh Gavit and Congress’ Mahesh Dhodi in the bypolls, which will be held in the country with by-elections to two other Lok Sabha and 30 assembly constituencies.

On February 22, Delkar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at a hotel in Mumbai’s Marine Drive area.

He had been a member of both the Congress and the BJP at different times in his political career, and was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli constituency.

Making an emotional appeal to voters during his election campaign, Kalaben Delkar said, “He forced them to commit suicide, it was nothing less than the murder of a popular leader.

“We have to punish his killers. The fight is for our justice. If we don’t fight now, even God won’t forgive us. I have shed a lot of tears, but now is not the time to shed tears but to give them a sigh.” . reply.”

“This is the first time I have come before you without Mohanbhai.

I assure you that I will be strong enough not to give you any room for complaint.

Mohanbhai won seven times because of the people’s love and his ideals.

I will carry forward the same ideology that made him such a popular leader.”

Delkar won the 2019 Lok Sabha election by defeating then BJP MP Natubhai Patel by a margin of 9,001 votes.

Patel had defeated Delkar twice, in 2009 and 2014, when he contested on a Congress ticket.

In March, the Mumbai Police had registered an FIR on charges of abetment to suicide, with a few names not committing a suicide.

Delkar’s wife and son also met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in this regard.

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