Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019: Shiv Sena’s challenge even after coalition, candidates in front of BJP in these seats: The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena are contesting the Maharashtra assembly elections together. By the last round of nominations, there was agreement on seat sharing in both parties, but there are some seats where Shiv Sena has put itself ahead of the coalition religion and has fielded candidates on seats with BJP account.
Kankavali and Mana are two assembly seats where the Shiv Sena has fielded its candidates despite being a BJP candidate. BJP has given ticket to Nitesh Rane, son of former CM Narayan Rane from Kankavali seat, while Jayakumar Gore has been fielded from Mana. Both these leaders won the 2014 elections on a Congress ticket and have recently joined the BJP.
The reason for the old opposition
There is an old feud behind the opposition of BJP candidate Nitesh Rane from Kankavali seat. Actually, Nitesh Rane’s father Narayan Rane was earlier in the Shiv Sena, but in 2005 he left the Shiv Sena and went with the Congress. Not only this, Narayan Rane went to the Congress and targeted Uddhav Thackeray.
Narayan Rane left the Congress in 2017. After this, Rane formed his party in the name of Swabhiman Paksha and merged it with BJP. The BJP sent Rane to the Rajya Sabha on his ticket.
The Shiv Sena had been opposing Nitesh’s ticket in the Kankavali seat ever since Narayan Rane joined the BJP. Nitesh Rane is believed to have had the old tension of Narayan Rane and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray behind the face of the ticket. This is the reason that Nitesh Rane’s name was not even announced in the first two lists of BJP.
However, in front of Nitesh Rane from Kankavali, Shiv Sena has fielded Shekhar Gore against Satish Sawant and Jayakumar Gore in Mana. This bet by Shiv Sena has made the fight for both these seats very interesting.