Mumbai: President Pratibha Patil’s son, Rajendra Shekhawat may have filed his nomination papers as a Congress Candidate from Amravati, its not going to be an easy ride for him in the forthcoming Maharastra byelections. Sitting MLA Sunil Deshmukh is contesting as a rebel and the opposition certainly appears to be closing ranks behind him.
Rajendra Shekhawat said, "Is it a crime to be the President’s son? I have worked as a party activist for several years. I was in the Seva Dal and have done everything to deserve a ticket."
Meanwhile, Sunil Deshmukh is contesting as an independent from the same constituency after he was denied Congress ticket.
Deshmukh said, "The people of Amrawati are with me. I am not worried about anything, my aim is to win."
Apart from Rajendra Shekhawat, Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son and Sushil Kumar Shinde's daughter also filed their nominations in various constituencies on Friday while in Mumbai it was defection by Shiv Sena rebel from Dadar that lead to a clash between Congress and Sena workers
"Shiv Sena is frustrated. Even in Dadar which is their stronghold they have lost out," quipped Congress leader, Narayan Rane.
As filing of nominations came to a close, It became more and more clear that all political parties face rebellion. It’s now up to the candidates themselves to convince voters to back them.