Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Former Congress MP Uttamsinh Pawar, who is thinking of contesting the coming Lok Sabha elections as an Independent candidate from Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, today expressed disappointment with the party high command for giving candidature to Nitin Patil instead of him and asked the party to reconsider its decision.

'I have prepared a force of 25,000 workers who have decided to work for me in the constituency since I was defeated in 2009 election from here, but I have done lot of work for the people of the constituency since then,' Mr Pawar said while addressing media persons at his office in Cidco area of city.

'I am loyal to the Congress party and still with it, but people forced me to contest the election to defeat three-time Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire this time,' he said.

He expressed confidence that he can defeat Mr Khaire in this election.

'I am capable of defeating Shiv Sena candidate as Mr Patil does not enjoy support among the Congress workers in the constituency,' he claimed.

Mr Pawar appealed to the party high command to reconsider their decision and allot him the party ticket.

He said on April 3, he will file two sets of nomination papers -- one as an Independent candidate and the other as Congress nominee.

Mr Pawar also claimed that he is the only honest and clean leader in the Marathwada region whose name has not yet been involved in any controversies and added he should be given the ticket.

(Posted on 02-04-2014)