Shiv Sena vs BJP in first contested Rajya Sabha polls in Maharashtra in 24 years

After almost 25 years, elections for six Rajya Sabha seats in the state on Friday will witness a contest — one that is being viewed as a fierce battle between friends-turned-foes CM Uddhav Thackeray and his predecessor Devendra Fadnavis. Since 1998, all RS elections in the state had been unopposed.

A further element of drama was injected in the proceedings with pleas of NCP’s Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik to be allowed vote in the election where every vote will count being rejected. Both are behind bars in money laundering cases.State Congress president Nana Patole and NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal blamed Fadnavis for the “unnecessary” contest. “Fadnavis is deviating from high tradition. So far, no contests were held for the Rajya Sabha and legislative council, now it appears BJP has imposed contests on the state. We tried to persuade Fadnavis for unopposed elections, but he did not agree… it has set a bad precedent,” said Bhujbal.

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