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BJP replaces seven MLAs for assembly elections

Sanjay Jog

Mumbai, Aug 14: The ruling BJP, in a bid to put up an united show, has replaced seven sitting legislators for assembly constituencies and has inducted two new faces for the Nagpur and Jalna Lok Sabha seats.

The party has nominated the minister of state and an arch rival of state public works minister, Nitin Gadkari, Vinod Gudghe-Patil from the Nagpur parliamentary constituency. BJP's Ramesh Mantri had lost to the Congress-I nominee Vilas Muttemwar from Nagpur in the 1998 elections.

Party's sitting legislator from Bhokardhan, Raosaheb Danve has been given a Jalna parliamentary seat where the sitting MP Uttamsinh Pawar has not been renominated.

A senior BJP legislator and former chairman of the Maharashtra State Road transport Corporation, Shivajirao Gotad has been replaced by Surendra Mane in Ratnagiri, Nana Kokre has been replaced by Dinkar Bhise in Khamgaon, Bhola Badhel by KP Raghuvanshi in Nagpur north (SC), Ashok Wadibhasme by Mohan Mate in Nagpur south, Hemkrishna Kapgate by Shivram Giripunge inSakoli, Ram Gundile by Ramchandra Navandikar and former minister Dilip Kamble by the chairman of Mafco Vishwas Gangurde in Parvati SC consttituency.

Realsing the second list for the 13 Lok Sabha and 54 assembly seats, the party spokesman Prakash Jawadekar told reporters on Saturday that the party has renominated following sitting legislators " Appa Gogate (Devgad), Jaichand Kasliwal (Chandwad), Chainsukh Sancheti who was elected as rebel BJP and later accomodated in the partyfold (Malkapur), Madhukar Kukde (Tumsar), Bhajandas Vaidya (Tirodi), Dayaram Kapgate (Lakhandur), Uttam Ingale (Umarkhed), DB Patil (Kinwat) and Kisanrao Kale (Sillod).

The party has renominated former MP Anna Joshi who was denied ticket in the 1998 elections from Pune constituency while Pratibha Lokhande has been pitted against the Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar in Baramati constituency. BJP has renominated its Rajya Sabha member Gopalrao Patil from Latur who was lost to the Congress I nomineeShivraj Patil in the last elections.

In the coming elections Patil will have to face fight from Shivraj Patil. BJP has renominated Namderao Divte who had lost to the Republican Party of India nominee Jogendra Kawade in last elections from Chimur parliamentary seats.

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