The Maharashtra Congress released its second list of 52 candidates for the Assembly elections on Tuesday night,former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan from the Karad South constituency.
Chavan’s name was missing in the first list as the party wanted him to contest the by-election for Satara Lok Sabha seat, the resignation of sitting NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale who joined the BJP.
But Chavan, a former Union minister, declined, and said his focus was on the Assembly. He will now seek a second term in the Assembly from Karad South.
Another prominent name in the party’s second list is Dhiraj Deshmukh, the youngest son of former chief minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh. Dhiraj will make his electoral debut from Latur Rural constituency.
Dhiraj’s elder brother, Amit, is seeking a third term from Latur city. If both manage to win, there will be a pair of brothers in the state assembly for the first time.
Congress is struggling to challenge to the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena amid the exit of some prominent leaders ahead of the polls, released its first list of 51 candidates on Sunday. It featured former chief minister Ashok Chavan and state party chief Vijay alias Balasaheb Thorat.
Elections for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly will be held on October 21 and results will be out on October 24. The last date for filing the nominations is October 4.