Sena (UBT) offers ally Congress Mumbai North, a BJP stronghold | India News

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena (UBT) announced names for four more Lok Sabha constituencies on Wednesday, taking its candidate count to 21. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray named Bharti Kamdi for Palghar, Vaishali Darekar-Rane for Kalyan, Satyajeet Patil for Hatkanangale and Karan Pawar for Jalgaon.
Darekar-Rane is known for making aggressive statements against sitting Kalyan MP Shrikant Shinde and his father, CM Eknath Shinde.Kamdi has made a name for herself working among tribals in Palghar constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes. Pawar was given the Jalgaon ticket after he quit BJP to join Sena (UBT) along with sitting MP Unmesh Patil. On the Hatkanangale seat, where Swabhimani Paksha leader and candidate Raju Shetti had requested Thackeray to support him, Thackeray said he had to put up a candidate as Shetti refused to fight on a Sena (UBT) ticket.
On BJP stronghold Mumbai North remaining without a candidate, Thackeray said he was giving first choice to MVA partner Congress and would announce a name if there was no response.
Ram Naik of BJP won multiple terms from Mumbai North and now two-time MP Gopal Shetty has ceded the ticket to Union minister Piyush Goyal. Between Naik’s and Shetty’s terms, Congress had got in actor Govinda Ahuja and Sanjay Nirupam into the Lok Sabha for a term each. Both were North Indian vote-pullers, but while Govinda recently quit Congress to join Shiv Sena, Nirupam is no longer on good terms with the Congress leadership.
Sena (UBT) is now one candidate short of its quota of 22 under MVA’s seat-sharing formula. Thackeray said Sena (UBT) had announced candidates for four of the six seats in the city and the remaining constituencies were the responsibility of the alliance partner. “There is a wave against dictatorship, so any seat can be won. They must fight Mumbai North and Mumbai North Central.”
On VBA choosing not to ally with MVA, Thackeray said its chief Prakash Ambedkar must not make statements that would create a permanent fissure with his party.

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