Last updated: October 14, 2022 at 14:33 CET
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated Murji Patel as its candidate for the November 3 Andheri East Assembly by-election. He is the joint candidate of the BJP and the Shiv Sena faction led by Maharashtra Prime Minister Eknath Shinde. Patel will submit his nomination papers on Friday, the final day.
“I’m an employee of the BJP and I do what the party asks me to do,” Patel said before submitting the nomination papers here. He was accompanied by BJP Mumbai Unit President Ashish Shelar and MLA Nitesh Rane. Also present was Deepak Kesarkar, Minister and Speaker of the Eknath Shinde camp of the Shiv Sena.
On Thursday, Kesarkar had said that the BJP and the ‘Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena’ led by CM Shinde would nominate a joint candidate for the assembly by poll. Rutuja Latke of the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena will submit her application for nomination. The death of her husband and incumbent MLA Ramesh Latke earlier this year necessitated the by-election.
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