Mumbai: Leading politicians in Maharashtra are trying to woo MLAs of smaller parties and independent legislatures to get their support for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls. On Monday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a series of meetings with MLAs from smaller parties and independent candidates.
Uddhav Thackeray is expected to meet some senior leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition that he leads, before his meeting of other coalition partners in the state tomorrow.
Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress are set to move all their MLAs to different destinations in Mumbai on Tuesday evening, so that they can’t change their minds at the last moment.
The MLAs of the three coalitions—Shiv Sena (55), NCP (52), and Congress (44)—will like to keep their vote intact.
Maharashtra has been electing six members for the Rajya Sabha. A candidate needs the support of 42 votes to get a berth in the Upper House. The BJP has fielded three candidates, the Congress and NCP one each, and the Shiv Sena two.
The ruling coalition is likely to win three seats, while the BJP has 106 members in the Maharashtra assembly. The saffron party is sure to win at least two seats. The three candidates of the BJP are Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Anil Bonde, and Dhananjay Mahadik.
The real tussle is for the sixth seat between the BJP’s Dhananjay Mahadik and the Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Pawar. The BJP and Shiv need 13 and 15 extra votes, respectively, to get the sixth berth in the Upper House. It means 25 MLAs from smaller parties and independents are going to play a decisive role in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Maharashtra.