Jalna :- Shiv Sena minister Arjun Khotkar, a minister of state for animal husbandry and fisheries, had vowed to contest the Jalna Lok Sabha seat against Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Raosaheb Danve, even if there is an alliance between the Sena and BJP.
However, Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray have intervened to quell Khotkar’s competitive attitude and ensure that Danve’s election is not sabotaged by local Sena leaders.
Last month, Khotkar said that he should be allowed to contest against Danve, if not, he is willing to contest as an Independent candidate.
Khotkar met Thackeray at the latter’s residence in Bandra on Wednesday. Following the meeting, Khotkar reiterated his decision to contest the Jalna seat against Danve, who is the sitting MP.
“I met Uddhav and presented my issues before him. In fact, about a year ago, it was Uddhav ji who asked me to start preparing for this election. Now Uddhav ji and chief minister will discuss this issue. It is a prestige issue for them because the seat belongs to the state BJP president. I will respect whatever decision Uddhav ji and the CM take,” Khotkar said.
The enmity in Jalna could affect equations between the two parties in central Maharashtra, which will any way see a fierce battle between the saffron combine and Opposition coalition in the Lok Sabha polls. The region has 8 Lok Sabha seats, of which 6 were won by the saffron combine, while Congress won 2 in 2014.