The Bharatiya Janta Party has released its fourth list of candidates for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections due on October 21st.
Senior leader and former Minister Eknath Khadse has been dropped even as his daughter has been given a ticket to contest from the constituency of Muktainagar in North Maharashtra. The former Minister had resigned earlier in the term due to certain alleged irregularities in the functioning of the Revenue Ministry of which he held charge.
He has filed his nomination from the same constituency earlier as an independent candidate. It needs to be seen whether he will be withdrawing his nomination now. This move to give a ticket to his daughter is being seen as a move to placate the former Minister. The Election Commission of India has notified October 7th as the last day for withdrawal of nominations.
In another surprising move, Vinod Tawde, currently the Minister for School Education, Higher and Technical Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Minority Development as well as Marathi Bhasha and culture has been dropped as a candidate from the Borivali constituency and replaced by Sunil Rane.
Political analyst Devendra Mulay believes that Vinod Tawde posed a challenge to the aspirations of the Chief Minister and hence has been dropped by the party high command at the behest of the CM.
Also, the party has notified that Rahul Narvekar will be its candidate from the Colaba constituency.
The party had issued its first list of 125 candidates last Tuesday. The curtailed second list containing just 17 candidates and the third list containing 11 were released yesterday.