Cong Fields Ex-BJP Man Nana Patole to Take on Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur; Priya Dutt and Deora Also in Fray
Interestingly, the Congress chose Patole over seven-time MP Vilas Muttemwar to fight Gadkari.
File photo of Nata Patole. (Photo credit: Rama Shankar, Network18)
New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday released its second list for the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11. On the Maharashtra front, the list had five names. Curiously, the Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam's name did not figure in this list.
Milind Deora and Priya Dutt, former ministers in the UPA, who had said that they will not be contesting, find themselves fielded from Mumbai South and Mumbai North Central, respectively.
Deora, who is also part of party's publicity campaign, had openly acknowledged the problems in the Mumbai Congress. Deora held state party chief Sanjay Nirupam responsible for the infighting in the party.
Deora and Nirupam have been involved in a tussle over the party’s leadership in Mumbai for some time.
Nana Patole, who had left the BJP citing “failure” of PM Modi and Devendra Fadnavis to address farmers’ issues, will be contesting against Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Patole, who was made the vice-president of the Congress party's Maharashtra unit, has a tough fight on his hands. Interestingly, the Congress chose Patole over seven-time MP Vilas Muttemwar to fight Gadkari.
Veteran leader Sushil Kumar Shinde, former home minister, will be contesting from Sholapur.
Dr Namdev Dalluji Usendi will be contesting from Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency, a reserved seat for Scheduled Tribes.
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