Mumbai : Alliance partners Congress and NCP on Monday nominated their own candidates for the Legislative Council by-election scheduled on August 21. Both the parties decided to nominate their candidates for the bypoll even as their discussions over seat-sharing for Assembly elections are yet to conclude.
The bypoll has been necessitated due to the resignation of sitting Shiv Sena MLC Vinayak Raut after his victory from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Lok Sabha seat in May this year. With Sena not putting up a candidate, it will be NCP state president Sunil Tatkare pitted against Mohan Joshi of Congress.
Out of the 288 elected MLAs and one nominated member in the state Assembly, 277 MLAs are eligible to vote because of vacancies after some of them won the LS elections. The Legislative Assembly is the Electoral College for the by-election. The scrutiny of papers will be held tomorrow and August 14 is the last date for withdrawal of nomination.
Tatkare, who is currently an MLA from Roha in Raigad district, said he filed his nomination papers on the instructions of his party leadership.
“Let’s wait till August 14 to see who remains in the fray and whether the election will be unopposed,” he said. According to Tatkare, “if a state president is the candidate on instructions from the national president, some discussion might have taken place at the highest level.”