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Bitter allies BJP-Shiv Sena get set for slugfest in Palghar bypoll

The BJP which has a strong other backward class support base in Bhandara-Gondia is looking for a strong OBC candidate to help it retain the seat Uddhav Thackeray in city on May 11, to hold parleys with Sena workers
Troy Mann | 11 May, 2018, 19:06

The by-poll was necessitated by the sudden demise of sitting BJP MP Chintaman Vanga, who was the party's face and strongman in the predominantly tribal district bordering Gujarat.

Late BJP MP Chintaman Vanaga's son contesting the Palghar LS bypoll.

"Whenever there are assembly polls, the entire central machinery and chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states go there (to campaign), leaving the administration of the country and of their own states in the lurch".

The Vanaga family joined the Sena on Thursday while accusing the BJP for having neglected them.

Mumbai: Warring allies Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena will have their first electoral slugfest in the run up to the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra assembly polls in 2019 this month, in the form of the Palghar parliamentary bypoll on 28 May.

Fadnavis said the BJP would soon declare its nominee for the Bhandara-Gondia seat.

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The BJP and the Sena have agreed to contest three seats each in the elections to six local authorities constituencies in the upper house of the Maharashtra legislature.

The severed alliance was resumed a couple of months after the Fadnavis-led BJP minority government took oath then (2014) and Shiv Sena walked over from the Opposition benches to become a ruling coalition partner. "If BJP can get Congress candidate Gavit, why cant's we get a BJP's Wanga", said another Sena leader. Download The for your device.in English and other languages. "The BJP has always had a high regard for Chintaman Wanga". "Come what may, BJP will win the byelection", he added.

The Shiv Sena has, however, maintained that the Wanga family was being sidelined by the BJP and was disgruntled, and that is the reason they approached the Shiv Sena. I had personally told them that we would give the ticket to Vanga's son, and despite that they inducted him into the party.

"If that is so, why did they have to hire a candidate from the Congress", asked Shiv Sena Spokesperson Sanjay Raut. Sena was aware that we were going to field a family member of late Chintaman Wanga. Shrinivas Wanga and Praful Wanga along with their mother Jayashree joined the Sena in the presence of party president Uddhav Thackeray. However, it often criticises their programmes and policies. The Congress, meanwhile, announced the candidature of former party MP Damodar Shingda for the bypoll.

Gavit, the BJP's proposed candidate, is a former MLA from the Palghar assembly constituency, and was a minister of state in the erstwhile Congress-NCP government.

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