Nagpur: The voter registration process for Nagpur Teachers’ Constituency is in full swing even before its deadline, But the major parties BJP and Congress are yet to decide on their candidates.
Along with this, other smaller organizations have already fielded their candidates. According to BJP insiders, the party may go for an OBC candidate this time to escape its mistake made during the graduation constituency elections last year. Which he had also lost for the first time in five decades.
Since the saffron party has already formed its political wing, Shikshak Aghadi, It can also field its own candidates, preferably from the dominant OBC community.
“The party’s parliamentary board will take the final call in this regard. Till then we cannot comment in any way,” BJP spokesperson and former MLC Girish Vyas said.
In Marathwada, the party has also extended full support to Kiran Patil, who was earlier with the Congress. He also had full support from the Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Parishad (MRSP), which would also boost his chances against the NCP-backed MLC Vikram Kale. Kale had been winning a massive victory in the same seat for more than a decade.
As the BJP is also contemplating fielding its candidates, The names of Kalpana Pandey, coordinator of Shikshan Manch, Anil Shivankar, coordinator of Teacher Aghadi, East Vidarbha, and others are also in the discussion. This also means that the party may not at all support the candidature of sitting MLC Ng Ganar, who is also contesting for the third time.
The Congress party, like the BJP, has kept the voters captivated by neither announcing its candidates
On the other hand, the MRSP has also decided to take the Ganar double and contacted BJP state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule only about a month ago. However, to date, no response has come from their side.
The Congress party, like the BJP, has kept the voters captivated by neither announcing its candidates nor announcing its support to any organization. In 2016, the party fielded its own candidate, who lost to Gunner. This time, she may extend her support to some teacher organizations.
“Like in the graduate constituency elections, we also want all parties with potential ideologies to come together and nominate an agreed candidate. Since these elections are not fought on the symbol of the party at all, it is quite possible because of this. In the earlier elections for this seat also, we had fielded Vishwanath Daighawane, who also won the seat,” said Congress district president Rajendra Mulak.
Senior Congress leader Baban Taywade, who had been appointed by the party as the coordinator for these elections, has also said that a panel constituted under him will meet after the last date of registration of voters and also take a decision. “We may also review the situation and check who had done the maximum number of voter registrations. The final decision will also be taken in consultation with senior MPCC leaders,” they said.