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I wish to become MP: Is Chhagan Bhujbal upset? What NCP leader says as party nominates Sunetra Pawar for RS polls | Today News

Amid reports of NCP(Ajit Pawar) leader Chhagan Bhujbal being hurt after the party’s decision to pick Sunetra Pawar as a Rajya Sabha candidate over him, Bhujbal on Friday expressed his desire to become an MP.

On Thursday, Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra Pawar filed her nomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha bye-election at Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai.

“Perhaps my party felt that I was not the right fit for the Rajya Sabha bypoll. I have been loyal to my party and abided by collective decisions,” Bhujbal told TOI after Sunetra Pawar filed for the nomination.

Bhujbal also said that there were 13 contenders for the Rajya Sabha seat, and the NCP leadership decided to nominate Sunetra Pawar as only one was to be selected.

On Friday, when Bhujbal was questioned if he was upset, the NCP leader said that he desires to become an MP and that’s why he was keen on Rajya Sabha nomination.

Bhujbal also wanted to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Nashik constituency. However, the BJP-led Mahayuti fielded Hemant Godse of Shiv Sena, which is also a partner in the alliance. Godse was defeated by Shiv Sena (UBT)’s Rajabhau Waje.

Sometimes, it’s destiny or some sort of compulsion, said Bhujbal, adding, “There could be reasons (for not giving him tickets).”

Interestingly, Bhujbal was also present while Sunetra Pawar filed the nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha polls. However, the absence of Shiv Sena (Eknath) and BJP leaders was notably visible.

What did Bhujbal say?

The NCP leader said that it was his desire (to become an MP) and therefore, he was also ready to contest Lok Sabha elections from Nashik constituency. Bhujbal stated that he started working accordingly as he was told that his ticket was finalised in Delhi. However, as the announcement of his name got delayed, he stopped as there was enough humiliation.

However, Bhujbal said that the decision (Sunetra Pawar’s nomination) was made in the interest of the party and he was not at all upset by this decision.

In the recently held Lok Sabha polls, the NCP (Ajit Pawar) contested four of 48 seats in alliance with the BJP and Shiv Sena (Shinde). However, the party won only one seat in Raigad. Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra also lost the election to Supriya Sule.


The bye-election was necessitated by the resignation of NCP leader Praful Patel two years into his tenure, who was re-elected in February this year.

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