Maharashtra Assembly Elections: Congress likely to field all sitting MLAs

Of the 100 assembly seats discussed, the Congress screening committee concluded discussion for almost 60 seats

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Amid the discouragement in the party due to loyalty shifts of several leaders, Congress is likely to field all its sitting MLAs including former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan - who is an MLA from Karad South assembly constituency – in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections scheduled in mid-October this year. 

Senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan has also been asked to contest in the 2019 assembly elections. Congress screening committee decided this in a meeting at New Delhi on Thursday. Of the 100 assembly seats discussed, the committee concluded discussion for almost 60 assembly seats.

While talking to the media, Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat informed that the party has asked Ashok Chavan to contest the upcoming assembly polls instead of his wife, Amita Chavan who is a sitting MLA.  

The meeting was called by Congress screening committee to finalise the names and the same was headed by the committee’s chairman  Jyotiraditya Scindia. Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge was also present at the meeting. 

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In the meeting, the possibilities of senior Congress leader Harshvardhan Patil leaving the party were also discussed. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is positive about leaving Indapur Assembly seat for Patil. However, Patil will take a call on September 10 whether to decide the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or not. 

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