'Don't take us for granted, and please stop discrediting us,' independents advises MVA

by Web Desk | Published: 12 Jun 2022

BMC Elections 2022
Independents are irritated by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's decision to reveal the names of some of them and label them traitors for voting for BJP nominee Dhananjay Mahadik rather than Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Pawar. Independents are deciding their strategy for the June 20 state council election, after a few of them suggested that MVA should not take them for granted because they were free to vote according to their conscience.
 
The BJP is determined to entice them in the same way it did during the Rajya Sabha election. Raut previously stated that three Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) MLAs, an independent MLA from Karmala Sanjaymama Shinde, Swabhimani Paksha MLA  Devendra Bhuyar and independent MLA Shyamsunder Shinde, did not vote for the MVA despite promising to do so. Raut's claim has been strongly refuted by these three legislators, who argue that he should have first checked the facts.
 
These independents were also agitated by Raut's claim that "some horses were up for sale at a higher price and shifted sides despite assurances of voting for our candidate." Bachhu Kadu, Minister of State for School Education, has warned that independents should not be blamed for the defeat of Shiv Sena nominee Sanjay Pawar.
 
On Sunday, Bhuyar met with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and stated, "I have been with the MVA since the beginning." Sanjay Raut is a powerful leader, but before making such accusations, he should have discussed the matter with us or inquired about it." Bhuyar also met with Raut to clear up any confusion and urged him to issue a clarification to avoid further confusion, particularly among voters in his assembly constituency.
 
Sanjay Shinde, an independent MLA, denied Raut's claim, saying he voted for MVA. "I am a self-respecting leader. As claimed, I was not involved in horse-trading. "I voted in accordance with MVA leaders' instructions," he explained. Furthermore, independent SS Shinde of Nanded stated that he was an associate member of the NCP and voted for MVA.
 
 
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