Shiv Sena (UBT) releases 17 candidates for Maharashtra’s Lok Sabha

The list includes prominent names such as former Union Ministers Anant Geete and Arvind Sawant, who will be contesting from Raigad and South Mumbai constituencies, respectively.

| Updated: 27 March, 2024 1:09 pm IST
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray

NEW DELHI: In a significant move ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Shiv Sena (UBT), a key component of the Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), unveiled its first list of candidates today. Led by Uddhav Thackeray, the party is set to contest 20 seats, with the remaining nominees expected to be announced shortly. The MVA, however, is yet to finalise the seat-sharing agreement.

The list includes prominent names such as former Union Ministers Anant Geete and Arvind Sawant, who will be contesting from Raigad and South Mumbai constituencies, respectively. Other notable candidates include Anil Desai for the Mumbai South Central seat, Rajan Vichare for Thane, Amol Kirtikar for Mumbai North-West, and Sanjay Patil for Mumbai North-East.

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The announcement comes amid speculation surrounding an alliance with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar (Grandson of Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar), who has just announced his stance on not joining forces with the MVA but going solo. Negotiations between the two parties reached an impasse after the MVA offered three seats, which were declined by Ambedkar.

Another MVA constituent, NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) is yet to officially declare its candidates in the state for the April-May Lok Sabha polls. On the other hand, the Congress, which is also a part of the state-level grouping of the opposition parties, has declared its candidates on some seats where there is no tussle with its alliance partners.

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In a related development, Uddhav Thackeray recently accused the BJP of attempting to leverage his family’s legacy for electoral gain, following a meeting between Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray. With Maharashtra boasting 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second highest in the country after Uttar Pradesh, preparations for the elections are underway. Polling is scheduled to take place in five phases, commencing from April 19.

As the deadline for filing nominations for the initial phase draws near, political parties are racing against time to finalize their candidate lists and secure a foothold in the upcoming electoral battle.

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