The Election Commission (EC) is expected to announce chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s unopposed election to the state Legislative Council on Wednesday. However, even before that, the Maharashtra CM emerged as the winner in the state’s politics, leaving behind his deputy Ajit Pawar as well as Opposition parties Shiv Sena and the BJP.
When the EC issued a notification for the Legislative Council byelection, the first response from the Sena-BJP alliance was that they would not allow the CM to win unopposed. However, Mr Chavan’s election managers worked overtime to ensure just that.
According to sources, Mr Chavan’s election managers first targeted small parties and Independents and convinced them to endorse his nomination form.
“We convinced the PWP, Samajwadi Party, Vasai Vikas Bahujan Aghadi, the CPI(M) and several Independents to support the CM’s candidature. Later, the MNS also declared its support to the CM. The Shiv Sena and BJP found themselves isolated. They realised that they could only contest a symbolic fight, as their total votes would have been less than 100 while the CM was sure to get the support of more than 170 MLAs,” said a Congress leader. Asian Age