With just 15 days to go for the vote to the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the Congress is trying with all their might to put up a strong show in the upcoming elections. It last list included 52 candidates and among the prominent ones were former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan from Karad South and former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son Dheeraj Vilasrao Deshmukh from the Latur (Rural) seat. Dheeraj Deshmukh’s brother and Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh campaigned for his brother at Latur.
THE DESHMUKHS AND LATUR
Vilasrao Deshmukh, a strongman from the Marathwada region of Latur, was a political craftsman, who went on to become the chief minister of Maharashtra twice holding a coalition government — Democratic Front. He was elected to the Maharashtra assembly for the first time in 1980 from Latur and re-elected in 1985 and 1990 from the same constituency. He soon became a popular Congress leader from the Marathwada region and held important portfolios of revenue, agriculture, home, industries and education between 1982 and 1995.
VILASRAO DESHMUKH’S TWO SONS IN FRAY
Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s sons, Amit and Dhiraj, will be contesting from neighbouring seats in the Latur district. Amit Deshmukh is a two times sitting MLA from Latur city, while Dhiraj Deshmukh will be testing his luck in the assembly arena for the first time. Amit will again be contesting for Latur city on a Congress ticket and Dhiraj will contest for the Latur rural seat.
RITEISH DESHMUKH CAMPAIGNS FOR BROTHERS
In one of the recent rallies of Amit and Dheeraj Deshmukh, their brother and Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh campaigned for his brothers. With Congress being at its lowest in Maharashtra in decades, Riteish Deshmukh said Laturkars are not afraid of taking on challenges. He said that with the support and blessings of voters, they would win both seats in Latur. He also shared an incident underlining the respect and support that his father late Vilasrao Deshmukh has with Latur.
Indirectly taking on the BJP government, he said that no matter how much make up ones put, it cannot hide the true face of the government. The BJP and Shiv Sena has struggled to put up a candidate from both seats at Latur. Riteish Deshmukh took a dig at them over this. He appealed to voters to vote for them.
So far the Congress has announced 103 candidates for the Assembly polls. The Assembly will go to polls on October 21 and counting of votes will take place on October 24.