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NCP fields two candidates for MLC election scheduled to be held on May 21

Maharashtra Water Resource Minister and NCP’s state unit head, Jayant Patil announced the candidature of Shashikant Shinde and Amol Mitkari for the May 21 legislative council poll on nine seats.

NCP fields two candidates for MLC election scheduled to be held on May 21
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday fielded two candidates for the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections which are scheduled to be held on May 21. 

Maharashtra Water Resource Minister and NCP’s state unit head, Jayant Patil announced the candidature of Shashikant Shinde and Amol Mitkari for the May 21 legislative council poll on nine seats. 

Amol Mitkari, Maharashtra NCP General Secretary, had played an important role in the state legislative assembly elections which were held last year in September-October. Meanwhile, Shashikant Shinde is the charge of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) elections which were scheduled to happen in April this year but have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Shinde also contested the assembly polls in 2019 from Koregaon seat on NCP ticket but was defeated. He has now been nominated as an NCP candidate for the MLC poll.

Congress earlier announced the candidature of Rajesh Rathod and Rajkishor alias Papa Modi for the legislative council poll. However, Congress caved into Shiv Sena’s demand and withdrew one of its two candidates nominated to the legislative council polls which means that the MVA will be contesting on five seats and the council poll is set to be held unopposed. 

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has already finalised the candidature of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and has re-nominated Neelam Gorhe. The nine seats in the state legislative council have been vacant since April 24. 

The election commission announced for an election after an appeal from the MVA leaders and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Uddhav Thackeray is constitutionally bound to get elected to either house of the legislature and his deadline for the same is May 27.

The BJP has already fielded four candidates. According to EC, the last date to file the nomination is May 11 and the date for withdrawal is May 14. The results will be out on the same day of the polling.

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