Wednesday, September 23, 2009

President's son gets Congress ticket, sitting MLA rebels

President Pratibha Patil's son Rajendra Shekhawat has finally got a Congress ticket for the Maharashtra assembly polls. Sources say he will contest from Amravati.
The decision comes despite much discontentment in the party over election tickets for sons and daughters of senior leaders. Shekhawat's is one of 159 names that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has now cleared; others include sons of Vilasrao Deshmukh, Vilas Muttemmwar, Narayan Rane and Patangrao Kadam, and the daughter of Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Shekhwat's ticket was the biggest challenge for the Congress high command, because Sunil Deshmukh, the sitting MLA from Amravati, is a minister and also a two-time winner. Deshmukh has now turned rebel and will contest against Shekhawat.
"I am disappointed with the Congress leadership. I thought good sense would prevail. It appears there was a lot of pressure from Rashtrapati Bhawan," he said after the announcement.
Deshmukh has been the Amravati MLA for 10 years now. He has been credited with a lot of work in the constituency.
Earlier in the day, a disturbed Deshmukh told NDTV, "The only reason for him to get ticket is that he is the son of an influential family. I will be a sad and shocked man if Congress doesn't nominate me." Comments Post your comments
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