Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has once again fielded Sanjay Dina Patil from the Mumbai North East parliamentary constituency. He filed his nomination papers on Tuesday. Patil, who was a sitting member of Parliament (MP) in 2009 for this constituency, lost this seat to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kirit Somaiya in 2014 by 3,17,122 votes.
This time, he is pitted against Manoj Kotak of the BJP. In his affidavit, Patil has declared total net assets of Rs 2.60 crore (including those of his spouse and dependants), with no liability.
The NCP candidate is a BCom graduate and has one criminal case against him. Speaking about the election mood in his constituency, he said he was confident of his victory. “I am getting the support of the Congress, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Republican Party.
These partymen accompanied me when I came to file my nomination form today (Tuesday), unlike other party candidates (BJP) who had to hire crowds. In Thane, minister Ravindra Chavan of the BJP has been threatening people to vote for their party. They are roaming about with goons. It clearly shows they have lost the battle before it has begun,” he claimed.