Political family scions joins poll bandwagon in Maharashtra
Descendants of political families are in fray for election to 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra
The state, which accounts for the second highest number of Lok Sabha constituencies after Uttar Pradesh, goes to polls in three phases starting from April 10.
In the first phase of election for ten constituencies from Vidarbha, there are 201 candidates in fray while in the second phase on April 17, 19 constituencies in Marathwada and western Maharashtra will see 358 candidates. The 19 seats of Mumbai, Thane, North Maharashtra, Raigad, Aurangabad and Jalna will go to polls in the third phase.
As many as 495 candidates have filed their nominations and the last date of withdrawal is April 9.
Among the generation next of political families, Supriya Sule, daughter of NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, is seeking a second term from the family seat Baramati. In 2009, she had won by a margin of over three lakh votes.
Union Minister of State for Telecom Milind Deora, son of senior Congress leader Murli Deora, is seeking a third term from the prestigious Mumbai South seat.
Priya Dutt, the daughter of actor-politician late Sunil Dutt, is in fray from Mumbai North Central as Congress nominee. She is pitted against Poonam Mahajan, daughter of BJP leader late Pramod Mahajan.
Besides, Vishwajit Kadam, son of Congress veteran Patangrao Kadam and state youth party chief, is the candidate from Pune, while Indian Youth Congress president Rajiv Satav is in fray from Hingoli.
Not just sons and daughters, but some daughters-in-law are also making their debut this time.
In Raver, opposition leader Eknath Khadse’s daughter-in-law Raksha is the BJP candidate against Manish Jain of NCP, the son of NCP Rajya Sabha member Ishwarlal Jain.
In Dindori, NCP legislator A T Pawar’s daughter-in-law Bharati, a medical practitioner, is making electoral debut.
Nandurbar will see veteran Congress leader Manikrao Gavit, who is seeking a record tenth term as an MP, pitted against young Heena Gavit of BJP. Heena, a doctor by profession, is the daughter of Vijaykumar Gavit, the NCP minister who was sacked from the party and ministry after his daughter bagged the BJP ticket.
In Wardha, Congress MP Datta Meghe has made way for his son Sagar, who won the ticket through primaries.
In Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri constituency, Nilesh Rane, son of Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane, is seeking a second term as MP on Congress ticket.
Mumbai South Central Lok Sabha seat will see MNS nominee Aditya Shirodkar, son of MNS leader Rajan Shirodkar against sitting Congress MP Eknath Gaikwad and Shiv Sena’s Rahul Shewale.
In Kalyan, NCP has fielded Anand Paranjpe, son of Shiv Sena leader late Prakash Paranjpe. In Thane, NCP leader Ganesh Naik’s son Sanjeev Naik is seeking a second term.
Among the state ministers contesting Lok Sabha elections are – minister of state for revenue Suresh Dhas (NCP) who is pitted against BJP heavyweight Gopinath Munde in Beed, PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal in Nashik (NCP), tribal welfare minister Shivajirao Moghe in Yavatmal (Congress), water resources minister Sunil Tatkare from Raigad (NCP).