Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: With Assembly polls just days away, the high-voltage quest for power in Maharashtra has reached its summit, with both the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the Congress-NCP combine leaving no stone unturned.

The ruling BJP – which managed to keep its alliance with Shiv Sena intact after a round of bickering over seat-share -- is high on confidence after a dominant show in the Lok Sabha elections and is banking on the development works done by the state and the Centre.

The saffron party has announced its list of candidates for the upcoming polls and to everyone’s surprise, it has rewarded many turncoats with tickets while putting several sitting lawmakers at bay.

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For instance, former Congress leaders Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil (Shirdi), Jaykumar Gore (Man), Kalidas Kolambkar, Harshawardhan Patil (Wadala) and former NCP MLAs Shivendra Bhosale (Satara), Vaibhav Pichad (Akole), Sandeep Naik, Ranajagjitsinha Patil (Tuljapur) have been fielded by the BJP.

Barring Ranajagjitsinha, who will be contesting the elections from Tuljapur instead of his home turf of Osmanabad, all the other turncoats will contest from their home constituencies.

Meanwhile, some prominent names from the BJP like Eknath Khadse, Prakash Mehta, state Education Minister Vinod Tawade, Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Raj Purohit failed to make a cut in the party’s candidate list.

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Some of the above leaders have also shown their discontent over the party’s decision to ignore. Khadse recently missed PM Modi’s mega rally in Jalgaon citing family reasons. However, the move was seen as his discontent for being denied ticket. The party, however, did a damage control by fielding his daughter, Rohini Khadse from Muktainagar, the same seat from where her father has been winning since 1990.

If BJP manages to retain power in Maharashtra, it is foreseeing an intense competition between the party members and the turncoats in the race to claim ministerial posts. The ‘open arm’ policy of the party has led to too many “deserving candidates” in the list.

It would be interesting to see how the BJP would tackle this situation. The elections in Maharashtra will be held on October 21 – along with Haryana – and the fate of the candidates will be announced on October 24.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma