Independent candidate Abdul Sattar from Aurangabad constituency to support Shiv Sena rebel leader Harshwardhan Jadhav

Aurangabad: Congress may have tried to convince their leader Abdul Sattar to withdraw his nomination papers as an Independent from Aurangabad constituency for the Lok Sabha pollls. But that has not stopped Sattar from rebelling. He has now extended support to Shiv Sena rebel leader Harshwardhan Jadhav.

Interestingly, he is the son-in-law of Raosaheb Danve, the state president of Bharatiya Janata Party. Sattar called a press conference to make the announcement of his support. to these elections, Shantigiri Maharaj had supported Jadhav. Shantigiri Maharaj is a big centre for devout Hindus. It is now being speculated that with the support of Shantigiri Maharaj and Sattar, Jadhav is in a comfortable situation.

This development, however, can make things difficult for the sitting Member of Parliament (MP), Chandrakant Khaire.  Sattar has been miffed with the state Congress leaders and given indicators of rebelling after the party announced Subhash Zambat as the candidate. Sattar’s decision to contest would have divided the Muslim votes, which worried the Congress party.

However, Sattar along with Danve had gone to meet chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis and it does seem that even though Sattar has withdrawn his nomination papers, he is holding his cards close to his chest.  Shantigiri Maharaj too had filed his papers, but withdrew to ensure no division of Hindu votes. Congress has given the ticket to Subhash Zambat and it is the only seat being contested by All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen.

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