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BJP withdraws candidate from Andheri East bypoll

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  • 17th October, 2022 04:55:24 PM
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BJP withdraws candidate from Andheri East bypoll

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MUMBAI: The bypoll in Mumbai's Andheri East assembly seat will not see a three-cornered contest between the Thackeray and Shinde factions of the Shiv Sena, and the BJP.

The BJP on Monday withdrew its candidate from the contest.

"The BJP has decided not to contest the Andheri East bypoll. Murji Patel, who had filed the nomination from the BJP, will now withdraw it. We could have otherwise won the election," Maharashtra party chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule said on Monday.

“The BJP had previously also not contested some of the bypolls,” he added.

Monday is the last day for withdrawal of nominations for the Andheri East Assembly bypoll, necessitated due to the death of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke in May this year.

The decision comes close on the heels of MNS chief raj Thackeray urging the saffron party to withdraw from the contest.

Thackeray on Sunday wrote to deputy chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis not to field a candidate for Andheri East in reverence to late MLA Ramesh Latke, whose death has necessitated the election.

The MNS will not be contesting the November 3 byelection to show its reverence for the deceased legislator, ghe letter further said.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction has fielded Ramesh Latke's wife Rutuja Latke in the byelection.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday sought the unopposed election of Rutuja Latke in the bypoll, while MNS president Raj Thackeray had appealed to Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis not to field BJP's nominee to show reverence to late Ramesh Latke.

Source: Times of India

(With input from agencies)