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Cong to back Uddhav faction candidate in assembly bypoll

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
October 05, 2022 18:01 IST
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The Congress in Maharashtra on Wednesday announced support for the candidate of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena in the November 3 byelection to Andheri East assembly constituency in Mumbai.

IMAGE: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray being felicitated by party leader Anil Parab during party's Gatpramukh rally, as party leader Aditya Thackeray and others look on, at Nesco Complex, in Mumbai. Photograph: ANI Photo

The election was necessitated by the death of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke.

State Congress chief Nana Patole told reporters that his party would support Rutuja Latke, the deceased MLA's wife who has been fielded by the Shiv Sena.


Ramesh Latke, a two-time MLA, had defeated Congress's Suresh Shetty in 2014 from the constituency to enter the Legislative Assembly.

He died on May 11 this year while on a trip to Dubai.

The Bharatiya Janata Party plans to nominate Murji Patel, as per party sources.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) of the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress was formed after the 2019 Assembly elections results to keep the 'communal' BJP out of power in the interest of Maharashtra, Patole said.

The MVA coalition government took many decisions for the people's welfare, Patole said.

The BJP misused central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation to topple the government, but its efforts to break the MVA would not succeed, he added.

"In the battle against the BJP, the Congress will not field its candidate in the Andheri East byelection. We will work with full strength to ensure that Shiv Sena's candidate wins," Patole said.

This would be the first election in the state after the split in the Shiv Sena in June.

Meanwhile, city Congress leader and former MP Milind Deora said the Shiv Sena should support a Congress candidate next time as a reciprocal gesture.

"As long as coalition dharma is being followed sincerely, there is no harm in having an alliance," he told PTI when asked for reaction.

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