The biennial elections to the Maharashtra legislative council to fill in two vacancies from the self-governing bodies is posing a huge challenge to the Congress, which is trying to make a dent in the Shiv Sena-BJP bastion of the MCGM. The two vacancies in the Maharashtra legislative council is posing a huge challenge to the Congress, which is trying to make a dent in the Shiv Sena-BJP bastion of the MCGM. The Congress is contesting one of the two seats falling vacant and has fielded Bhai Jagtap, a local leader. There are apprehensions that intense group politics in the party’s city unit could lead to cross-voting. Though the BJP does not have enough numbers, it has still fielded its candidate Madhu Chavan and is depending on division of votes in the Congress ranks. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan held a meeting of Congress corporators and leaders from the party’s Mumbai unit and urged them to stay united and work for Bhai Jagtap’s victory. Observers say that Jagtap was chosen to project the party’s Marathi face. He lost the recent assembly elections from Jogeshwari. Ramdas Kadam, leader of opposition in the previous legislative assembly, is trying his luck to enter the upper house. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
July 24, 2009