Maharashtra: Take action against 7 Congress legislators for cross-voting in state council poll, says Prithviraj Chavan

Chavan is the lone leader who has pressed for disciplinary action against the party legislators who did not vote for Handore that led to his defeat

Sanjay JogUpdated: Wednesday, July 06, 2022, 07:29 PM IST
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Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan | BL Soni

Days after the humiliating defeat of the party nominee Chandrakant Handore in the recently held elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council for five seats, veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan claimed that seven party legislators indulged in cross-voting and the party should take action against them.

Chavan, who is the member of the now defunct group of 23 leaders that shook up the Congress with their August 2020 letter virtually questioning the Gandhi family leadership, has made a formal demand with the All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Maharashtra HK Patil for initiating action against 7 legislators who cross voted against the party nominee Handore that led to the victory of BJP’s fifth nominee Prasad Lad. Chavan, however, has not released the names of the party legislators who allegedly cross-voted.

Chavan is the lone leader who has pressed for disciplinary action against the party legislators who did not vote for Handore that led to his defeat. Chavan’s move is crucial as Handore despite being the party’s first choice candidate lost the election while the second nominee Bhai Jagtap won. Handore got 22 votes in the first round and Jagtap 19 votes. Congress with 44 legislators miserably failed to keep its flock together as its two nominees bagged 41 first preference votes. However, after counting of preferential votes, Jagtap got 26 votes, Handore 22 votes and Lad 28 votes.

Handore, who hails from the Dalit community, after his defeat had said the party had given him a quota of 29 votes as Jagtap would have got the balance votes along with votes from allies. He alleged that two of party MLAs cross-voted and five votes meant for him went to Jagtap. ‘’Some people have stabbed me from the back,’’ he claimed and demanded that such party members should be thrown out.

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