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Congress candidate Sudhir Tambe announced his withdrawal from the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls to Nashik Division Graduates’ constituency and said his son Satyajeet Tambe will be in the fray.

Satyajeet Tambe

Satyajeet Tambe filed the nomination papers as an independent candidate for the graduates constituency from Nashik. (Image: Twitter/ @mumbaitak)

By Ritvick Arun Bhalekar: In an interesting turn of events, Congress candidate Sudhir Tambe on Thursday announced withdrawal from the biennial polls to the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Meanwhile, his son, Satyajeet, filed his nomination as an independent from Nashik Division Graduates’ constituency.

Sudhir Tambe, who is a sitting Member of Legislative Council (MLC) from Congress, chose not to file nomination despite being declared as an official candidate for the seat by the party. Earlier today, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge had approved Sudhir Tambe’s candidature for the upcoming biennial election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council.

Interestingly, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) did not field any candidate from the Nashik. However, talks were rife until the filing of nominations that Satyajeet Tambe will get support from the BJP, hinting at his growing affiliation with the party.

Rajendra Vikhe, brother of BJP minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, was the saffron party’s frontrunner candidate from Nashik Graduates’ constituency. However, his candidature was not declared by the BJP till the last minute to create smooth passage for Satyajeet Tambe, as per sources. Both the political families, Vikhe and Thorat are the traditional political rivals in Ahmednagar district.

Sudhir Tambe, brother-in-law of former state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat, has been representing the Nashik Division Graduates’ constituency in the Upper House of the legislature for the last three terms (18 years) and was renominated by the party from the seat for a fresh term. Thorat, an ex-minister, is also the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.

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Recently, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis shared a dias with Balasaheb Thorat, Congress leader and uncle of Satyajeet Tambe, at a book launch event. Fadnavis in his speech questioned Thorat about “how long will you keep Satyajeet out? If you fail to recognise his worth, even we are eyeing such talents.”

Talking about his decision to not contest the polls, Sudhir Tambe said, “I was able to represent Graduates’ constituency for last thirteen years. This constituency comprises of doctors, engineers, teachers, and graduates from various fields. I tried to give lot of dimensions to this constituency of intelligent class. However, I also realised that technology is rapidly changing and young leaders like Satyajeet Tambe should be given an opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Satyajeet Tambe clarified his decision to file as independent candidate. He said, “Congress workers demanded to nominate me this time for biennial elections. Congress senior leaders decided to repeat my father’s name. So, I filled out the nomination at the last minute. However, I filled two forms. One from Congress and other as an independent. But as the party’s AB form of my name could not reach us on time, so I had to file as an independent candidate.”

Satyajeet added that he is still a Congress worker and will work on the party’s ideology. At the same time, he sought support from all the political parties to give him the opportunity to serve people.

“I will meet leaders of all political leaders and request them for support,” Satyajeet Tambe said.

On the other hand, Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole is miffed over the entire episode and said that he got to know about this from the media.

“It is not a very good trend. We will try to find out the reason why Dr. Sudhir Tambe did not file his official nomination. Also, I have not yet spoken to Tambe’s. We will discuss this issue at party level and try to find out reasons behind it,” Nana Patole said.

The opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), compromising the Congress, NCP and Uddhav’s faction of Shiv Sena, had announced that they will unitedly contest the biennial legislative council polls for five seats in Maharashtra, slated to be held on January 30.

All the parties are in the fray for five council seats, two from graduate’s constituencies and three teachers’ constituencies in the state.

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