In Maharashtra, toss-up battle-hardened BJP chief & Sena old-timer for sixth RS seat

In Maharashtra, the competition for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat has become a battle between the Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Pawar and Dhananjay Mahadik of the BJP, each of whom are from Kolhapur. Each side are leaving no stone unturned to mobilise help for his or her candidates to satisfy the requirement of 42 votes that can get them elected to the Higher Home of Parliament.

The BJP, which has 106 MLAs within the Home, has 30 surplus votes and requires the help of 12 legislators from smaller events and Independents to get Mahadik, its third candidate, elected. The Sena is banking on surplus votes from its allies Congress and Nationalist Congress Get together (NCP). The excess votes of the three events within the ruling coalition add as much as 31, leaving the Sena nonetheless in need of 11 votes to get Pawar, its second candidate, elected.

A seasoned politician

The seasoned politician from Kolhapur, with an enormous cooperative community within the sugar and dairy sector, joined the BJP in September 2019.

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In 2004, Mahadik was the Lok Sabha candidate for the Shiv Sena from Kolhapur however misplaced to the NCP’s Sadashiv Mandalik. 5 years later he joined the NCP however after the Sharad Pawar-led get together didn’t give him a ticket, he contested independently and misplaced. He returned to the NCP but once more and in 2014 was the get together’s candidate. Regardless of the Modi wave throughout India, Mahadik received from Kolhapur however the Sena trounced him within the parliamentary elections 5 years later.

With Sena for many years

A Sena old-timer, Sanjay Pawar is a identified face in Kolhapur. He joined the get together in 1989 and has been with the Thackeray-led get together since then, consolidating its presence in rural areas regardless of dealing with a troublesome problem from conventional powers Congress and NCP. Having risen up the get together ranks, he’s presently the Sena district president. In his lengthy political profession, he has by no means made it both to the Meeting or Parliament.

The Sena initially thought of fielding Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati of the royal clan of Shivaji-Shahu Maharaj however he refused to hitch the get together and expressed his need to contest independently. After the Sena refused, Sambhajiraje withdrew from the race.

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