The BJP declared candidature of advocate Amit Mehta from Mumbai on Thursday.
Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah initiated alliance talks with the Shiv Sena in the upcoming elections, but the BJP has fielded candidates in the graduate constituency of Maharashtra Legislative Council in Mumbai and Konkan against the Sena. The BJP declared candidature of advocate Amit Mehta from Mumbai on Thursday.
The council elections for the graduate constituency will be held on June 25 in which Shiv Sena fielded Vilas Potnis from Mumbai and ex-Thane mayor Sanjay More from the Konkan. Earlier, the Mumbai seat was with the Shiv Sena while the Thane seat was with the BJP. Niranjan Davkhare, a former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader who joined the BJP recently, is the BJP candidate. The Shiv Sena, which had declared that it would fight all elections solo, fielded candidates against the BJP in the Council elections. After defeat in the Palghar bypoll, the Sena immediately fielded Mr More from the Konkan constituency. Senior leaders claimed that though the BJP is trying for weave an alliance, Shiv Sena would not withdraw its candidates from these constituencies.
Maharashtra Swab-himan Party leader and BJP MP Narayan Rane has been given some responsibility in the fight against Sena. He met NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday. Though it was said that the meeting was not political in nature, Mr Rane has been trying to get support for BJP candidates from many leaders. The BJP has decided to win Mumbai and Thane seats to teach a lesson to the Shiv Sena, which has a hold in Mumbai, Thane and the Konkan. The NCP has declared the candidature of Najib Mulla for the Konkan graduate Legislative Council seat.