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BJP withdraws its candidate Murji Patel from Mumbai Andheri (East) bypoll after request by Raj Thackeray

BJP withdrew the name of its candidate Murji Patel from Mumbai Andheri (East) by-election. With this, the victory of Shiv Sena candidate Rutuja Latte has now been decided. Today is the last day to file nominations for the Andheri East by-election on November 3.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: BJP withdrew the name of its candidate Murji Patel from Mumbai Andheri (East) by-election. With this, the victory of Shiv Sena candidate Rutuja Latte has now been decided. Today is the last day to file nominations for the Andheri East by-election on November 3.

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Rutuja Latke got cross party support in the by-election to be held in Andheri (East) constituency of Maharashtra. After the death of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, the BJP contested against Murji Patel on this seat, but due to the support she was getting from all political parties, the BJP withdrew its candidate. Uddhav Thackeray’s cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray first came in support of Rutuja.

Raj Thackeray unexpectedly wrote a letter to BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urging him to withdraw his party’s candidate so that Rutuja Latte could win unopposed in the by-election. Hours after Raj Thackeray’s request, today Eknath Shinde faction MLA Pratap Sarnaik also wrote to Shinde demanding that all parties should support Rutuja and let him win the election. BJP should withdraw its candidate.

On Sunday, Raj Thackeray wrote a letter to Fadnavis saying that I have been a witness to the political journey of Ramesh Latke. Latte became an MLA from a common worker. His wife becoming an MLA after his death would be a tribute to the departed soul. This is in line with the great culture of Maharashtra. I hope you will accept my request. Responding to his letter, Fadnavis said that he alone cannot decide the matter. The matter should be discussed with senior party leaders and Chief Minister Shinde.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar also appealed to the BJP to withdraw its candidate. Pawar said that the tenure of the new member (MLA) will be only one and a half year. The by-election is being held due to the unfortunate death of Ramesh Latte. His contribution should be taken into account. On the other hand, the Uddhav faction has accused the Eknath Shinde faction of not allowing the resignation of their candidate to be accepted before the elections by influencing the Mumbai civic body.

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Rutuja Latte, who worked as a clerk in the Brihanmumbai Corporation, could file nomination for the by-election only after the court ordered the civic body to accept her resignation. BJP candidate Murji Patel, who filed his nomination last week, had said he would withdraw his candidature if the party asked him to.

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