New Delhi, Oct 19: In Mahrashtra Assembly poll results, the Congress party got a major blow as its senior leader Narayan Rane loses Kudal seat to Shiv Sena’s Vaibhav Naik.
Earlier, Rane had claimed that he was among the contenders for the top post if the party came to power in Maharashtra. The Congress leader suggested that the party’s poll advertisements do not project Prithviraj Chavan as the chief ministerial candidate.
Speaking to reporters, Rane had said the main contest in the October 15 Assembly polls is between his party and the BJP. “Shiv Sena and NCP are nowhere in the picture. Congress is expected to do well and form the next government,” Rane added.
To a question if he was the chief ministerial candidate, Rane said, “Of course…I am.” However, he said the decision in this regard would be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Rane, the Congress’s poll campaign committee chief, contested the Assembly poll from Kudal seat in Sindhudurg.
Maharashtra is witnessing a five-cornered contest (Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) with 4,119 candidates in the fray.
BJP had fielded 280, Congress 287, NCP 278, Shiv Sena 282, BSP 260, MNS 219 CPI 34 and CPM had fielded 19 candidates.
Of the 288 constituencies, including 36 constituencies in Mumbai, 234 are general, 29 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 25 for Scheduled Tribes.
(With Agency Inputs)