LS Polls: Congress nominates Vishwajeet Kadam from Pune
Congress move to nominate party’s state youth wing head Vishwajeet Kadam as its Lok Sabha candidate from Pune
Kadam’s candidature, announced last night, ended the suspense surrounding the much-talked about possibility of re-nomination of Kalmadi or fielding his confidant in view of the two-decade long clout he wielded on city politics.
Reacting to his nomination, Kadam, son of Maharashtra Minister Patangrao Kadam – who has been for long aspiring for the post of Chief Minister – sounded confident about winning.
“I am sure of getting support of the voters as Pune is a traditional bastion of Congress. We will regain the people’s confidence by working united under the leadership of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi,” the 33-year-old said today.
Kadam, who will be required to pull together the faction-ridden city unit where Kalmadi supporters have strong roots, nevertheless, is expected to get a wholehearted backing from Congress’ coalition partner NCP, which had been at loggerheads with the multiple times MP.
The new nominee also happens to be the son-in-law of real estate baron Avinash Bhosale who has a close association with NCP leadership and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar.
While the main Opposition BJP was yet to announce its Lok Sabha candidate for Pune seat, Aam Aadmi Party and Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have fielded debutant Subhash Ware and Dipak Paigude, respectively.
Kalmadi (69), who represented the Pune Parliamentary seat for Congress for three terms, beginning 1996, prior to a long stint as its Rajya Sabha member, was not available for comment on the party’s choice of Kadam.