The BJP fielded a third candidate for the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra. Shivsena was accused of bargaining over the BJP’s decision. In fact, three BJP candidates, including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Congressman Imran Pratapgarhi and Praful Patel of the National Congress Party, submitted their nominations on Monday for the June 10 Rajya Sabha elections. With this, the stage was set for a tight competition for the sixth seat in Maharashtra.
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Six Rajya Sabha seats are vacant in Maharashtra, with enough Congress and the NCP to win one seat each, while the BJP has enough MLAs to win two seats. Shiv Sena has enough numbers to send a candidate to the Rajya Sabha. However, she needs an additional 30 votes from her allies and other independents to ensure her second candidate is elected. In fact, the BJP can win two seats on its own. Congress, Shiv Sena and the National Congress Party (NCP) can win one seat each on their own. The three parties participating in the Maha Vikas Agadi (MVA) will also get additional votes to win another seat. Shiv Sena is counting on these votes to win her second seat.
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The BJP made the election interesting by fielding a third candidate, Dhananjay Mahadik. The state now has six seats from the Rajya Sabha, and with the nomination of Mahdik, the number of candidates has increased to seven. Mahadik was dispatched by the BJP to lower the chances of another Shiv Sena candidate Sanjay Pawar.
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Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, who along with Pawar was a candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat, said the BJP was trying to indulge in the horse trade. “They are trying to make an imaginary trade-off,” Raut said. “It was a ploy for them to put forward their third candidate. Our government is watching this election closely.” The numbers are in favor of the Ministry of Justice and all its candidates will win, said Nana Patul, head of Maharashtra’s unit in Congress.
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Maharashtra opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis has said there is nothing wrong with nominating a third BJP candidate. He said, “We don’t need to trade by horse. We put forward three candidates because we are confident that three of our candidates will be elected. Shiv Sena must draw her second candidate. All of our candidates are from the state and the same. We belong to the party, and we are sure that the people They will use their discretion and vote for our candidate.
With 42 seats per candidate, the BJP has enough numbers for two of its three candidates – Piyush Goyal and Anil Bund – to be elected. The BJP now has 22 votes left. The party’s assessment is that it will get the rest of the vote by wooing independents and disaffected MLAs from Shiv Sena, the NCP and other parties.