National Politics

In Surprise Move, Raj Thackeray Urges Fadnavis To Not Field Candidate In Andheri Bypoll

In his letter, Raj Thackeray has appealed to Devendra Fadnavis to withdraw the BJP candidate for the Andheri East by-election.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, in a surprising turn of events, today wrote a letter to Maharashtra deputy CM and top BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, urging him to not field a candidate against Thackeray’s group’s Rutuja Latke.

In his letter, Raj Thackeray has appealed to withdraw the BJP candidate for the Andheri East by-election and said that BJP should not contest the poll. Referring to the “unfortune death” of former Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, whose passing has necessitated the bypoll, Raj Thackeray has tweeted a “humble appeal” to Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Starting his letter with “My dear Devendra”, Raj Thackeray wrote he had a “special request” to make.

“After the sudden death of MLA, Ramesh Latke, for the Andher-East, the by-poll election has been announced. His widow, Rujuta Latke has filed in for candidature for the same.,” Mr Thackeray wrote.

“Shri. Ramesh was an efficient worker who began his journey up from being a’shakha-pramukh’ I have witnessed his journey and growth in the political arena. After his death, to see his wife become an MLA in his constituency; will be a solace to his departed soul,” he added.

“I sincerely request you to not enter this by-poll election and put a candidate against Rujuta Latke. Whenever, there has been a situation, wherein a sitting MLA has passed away and a family member has filed for their candidature, our party has refrained from fighting the by-poll. This is our way of paying our reverence to the departed soul. I appeal to you with these sentiments in mind. Sentiments such as these are a part of our Maharashtra’s culture. I hope you will consider my appeal,” the MNS chief said in his letter.


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