The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee is considering shortlisting names of suitable candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats. Chief minister Ashok Chavan will play a significant role in formally deciding the names of the candidates. MPCC president Manikrao Thakre is expected to meet Chavan next week to discuss the candidates for state legislative council as well as the Rajya Sabha. The party’s Muslim leaders meanwhile have prepared a note demanding that they should be considered for the seats as their representation has declined. Congress spokesperson Hussain Dalwai said that even the Sachar committee report has pointed out the need to give more representation to minorities in electoral politics. The Nationalist Congress Party is also lobbying with its state unit chief Madhukar Pichchad to ensure outsiders that is candidates from other states are not elected to the RS seats. A senior party official reportedly said that cabinet minister Ramraje Nimbalkar had to resign from the government as he could not get a berth in state assembly or council and that now he should be considered for Rajya Sabha instead of throwing away the seats to candidates from Bihar or Gujarat. Bureau report – NMTV News.
October 23, 2014