Maharashtra Polls | United by blood, divided by politics! A look at family members pitted against each other
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the assembly elections in Maharashtra a week away, the political warriors are ready to take on each other. The political parties have announced the list of the candidates and are doing every bit to gain the trust of the voters.
The political battleground is having some prominent leaders fighting against each other, also there are celebrities too, who are in the fray of taking up the responsibility of the state for the next five years. With this, the battleground will also witness a fight within the family members of some prominent politicians.
The ambitions for politics have parted their ways and now in around dozen places, some close relatives are contesting the upcoming assembly elections against each other in Maharashtra.
Here is a look at the family members who are contesting against each other in Maharashtra:
Family members of the late BJP stalwart Gopinath Munde is having a neck to neck fight against each other fighting it out in the Parli seat of Beed district in Marathwada region. Gopinath’s daughter Pankaja Munde who is the sitting BJP MLA and rural development minister is taking on against her first cousin Dhananjay Munde who is contesting from NCP’s ticket. In 2014, Pankaja defeated Dhananjay Munde.
The Beed constituency will also witness a fight against NCP’s Sandeep Kshirsagar and his uncle Jaydutt Kshirsagar of Shiv Sena, who is also the state employment guarantee minister.
In Beed’s Gevrai constituency, the Pandit family members are having a complex fight against each other. The seat had been a stronghold for Shivajirao Pandit for decades and after him, his cousin Badamrao took hold of the seat. In 2014, Badamrao who contested on NCP’s ticket lost to BJP’s Laxman Pawar, and after that Badamrao joined Shiv Sena. While the BJP has again nominated Pawar on the seat, the NCP has given the ticket to Badamrao’s nephew Amarsinh Pandit, Badamrao Pandit is contesting the elections as an independent.
The Nilanga seat in Latur district is witnessing a fight between members of a prominent Nilangekar family. While the Congress has nominated former CM Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar's son Ashok on the seat, the BJP has fielded Ashok’s nephew Sambajirao Patil Nilangekar, who is also a minister. Sambajirao Patil Nilangekar's late father Dilip and Ashok were brothers.
In Aheri, the Maoist affected Gadchiroli district, NCP has fielded Dharmaraobaba Atram. On the other hand, the BJP has nominated his nephew Amberishrao Atram, who is a state minister.
In the Yavatmal district’s Pusad seat, the competition is between the members of the Naik family. The BJP has fielded Nilay Naik on the seat while the NCP has fielded his relative Indranil Naik, who is the son of ex-MLA and state minister Manohar Naik. The seat was earlier was the home turf of two former CM’s of Maharashtra, the late Vasantrao Naik, and his nephew Sudhakarrao Naik.
Posted By: Talib Khan