The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena announced its first list of 100 candidates for the October 13 Assembly elections. The list includes some who garnered over one lakh votes the in the Lok Sabha polls. The MNS party has fielded candidates in 26 of Mumbai’s 36 Assembly seats and plans to announce four more names later. Among candidates who contested the Lok Sabha and figure in the Assembly list are: Shirish Parkar, who contested the Mumbai north Lok Sabha seat; Shishir Shinde, who contested the Mumbai northeast seat; Shalini Thakre, who stood from Mumbai northwest; Shilpa Sarpotdar, who stood from Mumbai north central; Rajan Raje, from Thane; and Bala Nandgaonkar, who contested from Mumbai south and came second to Milind Deora of the Congress who won the election. All of them polled over a lakh votes, with Mr. Shinde getting nearly a lakh more, which led to the downfall of the Shiv Sena in Mumbai and Thane. Others mentioned in the list include Ram Kadam from Ghatkopar West, Shalini Thakray from Dindoshi, Sudhakar Chavhan from Owla-Majiwade, Chandrakant Veri from Meera-Bhayandar, Nitin Sardesai from Mahim and Bala Nandgavkar from Shivdi. Raj Thackarey refuted any rumors of the party joining hands with the Congress. He said that after the MNS party, other political parties took up the issue of the Marathi Manoos. With cameraperson Ranjit Gupta, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
February 4, 2010