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Shiv Sena’s (UBT) desire for Mumbai North LS seat angers Congress

In a surprising development, the Shiv Sena (UBT) has expressed interest in contesting the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, currently allotted to Congress in the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance. SS (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut and local heavyweight Vinod Ghosalkar have both shown eagerness to run for the seat to defeat BJP’s Piyush Goyal.

Raut stated, “if given, we are ready to fight Mumbai North” and Ghosalkar emphasized, “People are also keen to see a SS (UBT) candidate in the fray as they have been shocked by my son’s killing in February.” The claims by Raut-Ghosalkar could potentially escalate tensions between SS (UBT) and Congress, who are already at odds over the Sangli Lok Sabha seat.

Congress leaders have criticized the state leadership for failing to secure the Sangli constituency and allowing SS (UBT) to announce its candidate Chandrahar Patil before negotiations were concluded. With no Congress candidate yet for Mumbai North, party officials have remained silent on the statements made by Raut and Ghosalkar seeking to contest the seat.

The possibility of a Ghosalkar family member standing for LS elections has sparked optimism within SS (UBT), believing they could benefit from a sympathy wave following the tragic death of former municipal corporator Abhishek V. Ghosalkar in February. The incident, which shocked Mumbaikars, has drawn condemnation from leaders across party lines.

As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the power struggle within the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance will impact the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai North. With conflicting aspirations and ambitions, the political landscape in the region is set for a potentially contentious battle for the coveted seat.

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