Never in Maharashtra’s assembly polls history has process of candidate selection in BJP been so controversies ridden as it was this time. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ensured that his opponents in the party are replaced by candidates handpicked by him while new entrants have also been filtered by him before giving candidatures.
TOP BJP LEADERS DROPPED
Vinod Tawde and Chandrashekhar Bawankule were dropped along with former ministers Prakash Mehta, Eknath Khadse and Raj Purohit making it clear that all party tickets have the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s stamp.
BJP TOP LEADERSHIP IN DELHI WANTED CM TO GO EASY ON SENIOR LEADERS BUT IN VAIN
Sources reveal that the party leaders in Delhi did want to give some of the dropped leaders another chance but once the candidature filing process ended, it was clear that CM was the final word.
CM’S LOYALISTS HAVE REPLACED HIS OPPONENTS IN BJP
The BJP has picked corporator Parag Shah for the Ghatkopar East seat in place of former housing minister Prakash Mehta. Legislator Rahul Narvekar, who quit the NCP before filing his nomination as a BJP candidate, has replaced sitting Colaba MLA Raj Purohit. In Borivali, the party replaced Vinod Tawde with party functionary Sunil Rane. Vinod Tawde was not only a culture and education minister but also the guardian minister for suburban Mumbai. In Kamptee, near Nagpur, the BJP picked Tekchand Savarkar to replace Chandrashekhar Bawankule who was an energy minister in the Fadnavis cabinet. In Jalgaon’s Muktainagar, former minister Khadse was dropped but his daughter Rohini was given a ticket from his constituency.
LOBBYISTS FAILED AS CM FADNAVIS EMERGED WINNER
Sources say that whether it was top BJP leaders in Maharashtra or new entrants who have just entered the BJP, hectic lobbying was done for attaining candidature from industrialists to agents but in the end, whatever CM wanted has prevailed.
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