Sena-BJP alliance in soup; rebel leaders to contest as Independent candidates

The leaders in opposition alliance – Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - doesn’t seem to get along as well. Both the alliance in Maharashtra had to compromise while giving tickets to the candidates

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With the election date nearing for the assembly polls in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance have landed in a soup after several leaders from both the ruling parties openly expressed their disappoint after they were denied tickets. 

The leaders in opposition alliance – Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - doesn’t seem to get along as well. Both the alliance in Maharashtra had to compromise while giving tickets to the candidates. 

As this happened, the alliance – ruling and opposition – faced a rebellion from its leaders across Maharashtra and now the parties will face rebel leaders in at least 30 assembly constituencies. 

The rebel leaders are contesting the assembly polls as Independent candidates which can cut the votes for BJP and Sena. This happened after BJP and Sena, both the parties inducted prominent leaders from Congress and NCP. 

Before October 7, which is the last date for withdrawing the nomination, the top BJP leaders including Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnaivs were able to convince many rebel leaders to back down from contesting the assembly polls. 

Of the 144 rebel leaders who filed the nomination from 50-odd assembly constituency, many are still contesting on 30 seats. 

In the case of the saffron parties, the rebel leaders have opposed and expressed disappointment over the nomination of candidates officially nominated by the alliance. 

In Mumbai, the BJP denied tickets to senior party leaders including Raj Purohit from Colaba assembly constituency followed by Prakash Mehta from Ghatkopar East and Vinod Tawde from Borivali. 

Moreover, Shiv Sena MLA Trupti Sawant was denied ticket from Bandra East and is contesting assembly polls as an independent candidate against Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. In Versova, Sena’s sitting corporator Rajul Patel is contesting as an independent, posing a tough challenge for sitting BJP MLA Bharati Lavekar.

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However, the NCP-Congress alliance is facing a rebellion from smaller parties due to the seat-sharing issue. In one case, Congress-NCP alliance has backed a candidate fielded by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) from Kothrud in Pune and the other in Thane city. 



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