BJP may field Seema Savale for Amravati seat in Lok Sabha elections 2019
Updated:  Oct 05, 2018, 11:40 AM
The former chairman of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Standing Committee Seema Savale could be the BJP's candidate for the Amravati Lok Sabha seat. She is the sitting corporator from the PCMC, and is a strong potential contender for the seat if the BJP and Shiv Sena decide to fight the 2019 general elections independently, sources said.
The Amravati Lok Sabha seat is a stronghold for Shiv Sena. Sena leader Anandrao Adsul is representing the seat, which is reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) community.
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Shiv Sena and BJP had an alliance with the Amravati seat being reserved for the Sena.
Earlier when BJP and Shiv Sena had fought the Assembly elections independently , BJP managed to win three assembly seats while the Sena had drawn a blank. Independent MLA won on two of the other two assembly constituencies while Yashomati Thakur of the Congress was the only victorious candidate of a political party in the area.
BJP's performance in the local body elections capturing both the Amravati Municipal Corporation as well as the majority of municipal councils provided a confidence to the party. They will contest for the seat from the Shiv Sena in case of a split between the two.
"Because of the BJP’s good performance in the area, they are considering claiming this seat even if the alliance with the Shiv Sena continues," said Party sources.
"Previously, Navneet Kaur Rana was considered as a possible BJP candidate but allegedly she has serious differences with the local BJP unit," sources said.
Salve, who once was a part of Shiv Sena joined BJP before 2017. She is considered to be close to Chinchwad MLA Laxman Jagtap. During the period when she was part of Shiv Sena, Savale had raised many corruption charges against the NCP.
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