Mumbai: While elections have seen some fascinating characters emerging out of the woodwork, political parties are still able to surprise us every year. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections saw some colourful individuals fighting it out. It seems that there is no shortage of controversial figures in the country to contest in elections.
Reports had emerged that underworld don Chhota Rajan’s brother Deepak Nikalje would be contesting in the Maharashtra polls on Republican Party of India’s (A) ticket. RPI is an ally of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. He has been with RPI for a long time and had unsuccessfully fought from Chembur in Mumbai on the party ticket.
However, following the news of him contesting are reports claiming that his candidature is still on hold and is awaiting a nod from BJP. There are six seats for RPI to contest from — Phaltan in Satara, Malshiras in Solapur, Bhandara, Naigaon in Nanded; Pathri in Parbhani, and Mankhurd- Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai.
Maharashtra Assembly elections are slated to be held on October 21. Votes will be counted on October 24.